I can’t tell you how many times I dreaded going to the gym, didn’t want to cook, REALLY wanted a bowl of ice cream or didn’t feel like getting out of bed. Which is normal for just about everybody. But I always feel great when I do get a workout in, do make a delicious, healthy meal, avoid the bowl of ice cream (confession…not every time) and get an early start to the day. All of these decision have lead me to a healthier, happier life. Admittedly, it can be hard at times but hopefully these tips can help keep you staying on track.
Make a Schedule – One of the best ways to get things done is to write out a schedule. This helps eliminate the decision making. If you plan to workout three times a day, write down (and I mean to literally write it down) which days you will AND what you will be doing those days. Also, instead of meal time quickly approaching and no food in the house, make a list of recipes you would like to make for the week and go buy everything the same day.
Let it Pass – Most sensations pass quickly if you don’t react to them. That craving you have for chocolate? Just know that if you don’t react and just grab for it, that craving will disappear. Every time the food you crave pops into your head, think, Stop! Then, picture a healthy image (say, you lean and fit). After a while, your brain will dismiss the food image and the craving will subside. One trainer claims, “One of my clients did this four or five times a day, and within 2 weeks, she stopped turning to sweets every night after dinner,” he says.
Read – Whatever your interest, whether it be dieting, writing, working out, etc., find time to read about it. It doesn’t have to be a book (although I prefer books), it can be an online article, magazine story or a simple Facebook post. But by reading, people tend to be more motivated and accomplish more. You can find a great article on How to Succeed HERE.
Create a Vision Board – Visualization is one of the most powerful mind exercises you can do. According to the popular book The Secret, “The law of attraction is forming your entire life experience and it is doing that through your thoughts. When you are visualizing, you are emitting a powerful frequency out into the Universe.” You can find a great article HERE that discusses vision boards and offers tips on creating your own.
Do Something New – Albert Einstein is broadly credited with exclaiming “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results”. This is EXACTLY what I was doing. I ate the same foods, worked out regularly at the gym and yet nothing changed. I was actually GAINING weight. Sure, I’d lose a few pounds when I went on some fad diet but it would all come back. And all those trips to the gym weren’t really producing any physical changes. Not until I REALLY changed my eating by going primal/paleo and read up on working out for results, did I see SIGNIFICANT changes.
Don’t Beat Yourself Up – Allow for slip ups and mistakes. We ALL are going to make them. I did have that bowl of ice cream the other night. The difference is, I would have five or six bowls a week in the past! All the while, thinking I would “work it off” at the gym. One or two bowls here or there are not going to break you. And an occasional piece of bread will not derail all your efforts. Just enjoy it, allow a cheat here and there and get right back to your goal.