Every once in a while, on a really good day, when the scale agrees with me and I’m bursting with energy, I like to look back on what got me here. If you’re looking for a little confirmation that your chosen path is the right one, or if you’re looking for some encouragement, continue on. You just might pick up a few pearls of wisdom.
How to Lose It
You know the old adage – diet and exercise. No, I mean, you really know, because you’ve been doing that. It’s not as easy as it sounds, and it takes a bit of effort, but it’s the foundation of every good health plan. This, however, is level one, and for most of us hard-headed people out there it must be conquered before continuing on to another plan.
Like with anything else, we tend to think that doing something is as easy as just getting up and at it. It’s harder than that, and eating well and exercising are especially harder than that. There are good reasons you haven’t done it to this point, or that you’ve given up consistently, and here’s how we remedy that.
Okay, Now How I Really Lost It
Diet and exercise advice is everywhere out there, and you won’t be struggling to find it if I don’t lay out a magical eating plan right here. The biggest change that has to be made is in terms of motivation.
Let’s make one thing clear about motivation – you aren’t lazy, and there’s nothing wrong with you. Your problem is that you’re normal. Many of us have a general idea about motivation, but in fact we need to become specialists in motivation, and maintaining motivation specifically.
The first thing I encourage you to do is to evaluate why you want to lose weight, and what’s holding you back. Specifically, why do you want to lose weight today? If your goal is to lose weight because you want to fit into some new clothes, that’s certainly admirable, and when we’re gearing up for summer it’s guaranteed to push you through the burn, today. It probably won’t do the trick in fall, so you’ve really got to think about what can get you there.
My journey to achieving my goals changes as necessary. Sometimes I find myself in a rut for two or three days, not really motivated by whatever I had in mind previously. That’s perfectly fine, I remind myself, I just have to re-evaluate before the wheels fall off this wagon.
Winning Every Day
That’s only a part of my secret for maintaining fitness, and it isn’t the most fun part. This is the hardest work of it all, but once the ball gets rolling it’s like an avalanche.
In order to add some fireworks to your physical state, you’ve got to enhance your mental state. Whenever I evaluate the purpose of my fitness goals, I take some time to really think about it and get myself feeling energized for it. I put a big smile on my face as I imagine the outcomes. The things which demotivate us naturally tune in to our mental reward systems and trick our brains, so why not do a little of that ourselves? By taking time to do this every day, I’ve found that it’s really gotten me moving, and has made exercising a reward of its own.