Changing your lifestyle for the better can be hard.
It’s an ongoing process to maintain your commitment to eating right for your goals and doing the amount and type of exercise you need to feel fit and strong.
Plenty of excuses will rear their ugly heads as you navigate your fitness journey.
“I’m too busy.”
“I’m too tired.”
“I have more important things to do.”
Changing your mindset about food and exercise is important.
Doing the right things for your body will give you more energy and allow you to give more to others and have a more fulfilling life.
Here are some important things to remember:
1) You have complete control over what you’re eating.
Sure, people can try to entice you with whatever delicious food they’ve brought to the BBQ or try to goad you into having another drink, but the choice is ultimately yours. Take back control and make the choices that are right for you, whether that means eating the burger…or not eating the burger.
2) It takes time to see changes in your body.
You’ve been exercising for a few weeks and keeping a closer eye on your food intake. If you’re not seeing the changes you want, don’t panic! It takes time to get into the shape you’re in and it will take time to get into the shape you want. Manage your expectations and get help along the way with a supportive friend or awesome coach. 😉
3) Saying NO is the a powerful tool.
“NO, I don’t want that piece of cake.”
“NO, I can’t skip my workout to go for a beer.”
“NO, I don’t need to eat those chips after dinner.”
Whether you say these things to someone else or to yourself, know that you have the power to say them whenever you need to.
4) Food doesn’t replace anything that’s missing in your life.
If you’re unhappy, food won’t make you happy. That doesn’t mean that food can’t be part of fun experiences, but it won’t solve the underlying issue if you’ve got one.
If you’re bored, food isn’t a good source of entertainment. Read a book, flip through a trashy magazine, text a friend, go for a walk, or watch videos of cats riding bicycles on YouTube.
Do something else that entertains you and leave food for it’s true purpose (nourishment and true enjoyment).
If you’re stressed, food won’t actually relieve your stress. Eating poorly or too much will only add to your stresses, since you’ll feel less energetic and probably guilty about your expanding waistline.
5) The body you see in a few months is the result of actions you take every day.
A few days of “being good” won’t cut it. Give up the idea of “being good” altogether and learn to manage your day-to-day choices in a way that makes sense for your level of commitment and what you want to achieve with your body.
Every little step counts.
Every movement forward encourages you to keep on the right path.
Sometimes it’s hard to let go of the excuses.
Remember that when it comes to nutrition and exercise, you have the power to make the choices that are right for you.