It's happened to most of us. That moment in time we have finally had enough and decide something needs to change. Maybe it happened when you were on the scale and realized you need to lose weight. Perhaps you were looking in the mirror and decided you want to put on muscle. Or maybe you were just tired of being tired and no longer wanted to get winded playing with your kids.
Your first thought is to go on a fad 'diet' or buy that piece of infomercial equipment because those both worked wonders in no time for the models in the ads. But as quickly as that enters your mind, so do the ghosts of a hundred failed attempts in past...along with all the frustration. And then you wonder, why bother?
The weight will come back, as it always has. The muscle is never going to pack on like you want. And then you'll be back on the scale, or in front of the mirror as discouraged as ever.
However, the answer can't lie in a quick fix. THERE IS NO SUCH THING. The answer is to change your lifestyle. Not diets, or miracle muscle builders. There is no quick way to success when it comes to your health.
You've heard this before, and it makes sense, right? So why haven't you done it?
Your Lifestyle Obstacles. Most people resist changing their lifestyle for two reasons.
1. Change is scary. Whether you realize it or not, your life is in a constant state of change. Though you cling to the familiar, it's a futile struggle. Change always wins. Since you'll never escape it, you might as well channel it. It's time to make the change in your life purposeful and positive.
2. Lifestyle misconception. How many times have you heard the term 'healthy lifestyle' only to picture a health nut with celery sticks in one hand and tofu in the other? The truth is that most people think that changing their lifestyle will be an extreme and unpleasant experience - and that's not true.
Improving your lifestyle does not mean swearing off chocolate or living in the gym. However, you do have to hold yourself accountable, and only "cheat" in moderation.
Making the Change. It's time to lose your 'all or nothing' mentality. Embrace simple, small changes that will add up to big improvements in your lifestyle. These are your main venues for change:
What You Eat. Let's face it, most of the foods you eat aren't the healthiest. Some are downright terrible (the burger and fries you had last week). While others are simply excessive (the snacks you eat while watching TV). The solution to cleaning up your daily diet is NOT to go back on a 'diet'. In fact, I never want you to go on a 'diet' again. (Yes, you heard me right!) Instead I want you to make permanent healthy changes to your eating habits.
Here are some practical examples:
I don't expect you to eat a perfect diet every day of the week - that'd be ludicrous. You should, however, make MORE healthy choices every day than unhealthy ones. Try to stick to the 80% Rule. If you can eat healthy 80% of time you are going to succeed. But make sure that 80% is actually 80% and not 50%. Thats why food logging is so important.
What You Do. Exercise is a huge component to a healthy lifestyle, and quite frankly you're not getting enough of it. How often does an entire week go by without you ever lacing up your tennis shoes? Don't disregard the importance and power of a good workout.
Your new healthy lifestyle means exercising on most days of the week. However, that doesn't mean endless hours on a treadmill, or the need to go lift heavy weights...unless you enjoy those. Find an activity you like to do.
Here are simple ways to move more:
While none of the above are meant as substitutes for a solid exercise routine, they are great ways to become more active and to improve your lifestyle.
This may seem tough, but if you need help, please let me know.
Before long, the next time you're in front of the mirror you won't worry about your weight, muscles or your body.
You'll relish it.
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