So has the boredom with your January healthy regime kicked in yet. Motivated to start with but motivation is another matter. Went shopping for those healthy veggies but felt drawn to the chocolate aisle? Maybe those exercises are not being performed which so enthusiastically. Well it happens to all of us, you just need to refocus, you can do it.
You first need to check why this is important to you, is it to:
- Control your weight
- Strengthen your bones
- Enhance your muscles
- Reduce your risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes and some types of cancer
Once you have in your mind what matters to you, take healthy steps to reach it. Make sure you have set step-by-step goals, such as dropping one dress size, losing the next 3 kilos or running a 5km race.
You need to regularly track your progress so far. We sometimes forget how well we’ve actually done, focus g on our failures and not our successes. So try to make sure you keep a record of your progress. That doesn’t mean keep measuring or weighing yourself too often, there will be minor day-to-day fluctuations that are often due to water retention but can seriously derail motivation. Check measurements as well as weight – if you’re exercising, you could be building lean muscle, which weighs more than fat.
Put a couple of dollars in a jar for every kilo you lose. After a few months, you’ll be able to treat yourself to something nice and feel good at the same time.
Remember you need to be doing this healthy regime for yourself, not because somebody else wants you to do it. Don’t be made to feel guilty, do it because it’s important to you, and when you really want to do it you are more likely to succeed.
Sometimes a little encouragement (or commiseration) from someone in a similar position makes all the difference. Or better still get support from your personal trainer who will not only design a program to suit your needs and lifestyle but will always be there for you when your enthusiasm is flagging.
If avoiding your favourite foods is making you miserable, try a plan which allows treats in moderation. A healthy diet doesn’t have to be boring and can include some tasty treats that are not necessarily bad for you. Your personal trainer can help to tailor a diet around your needs and lifestyle.
Shop with a list and stick to it to avoid temptation. Also if you preplan your food and shop accordingly it will save you time and maybe you could fit in that extra exercise class – how good will you feel then.
Visualisation is one of the most effective motivation tools at your disposal. If you have an old picture of yourself at your goal weight, stick it on your fridge. If you’re trying to lose weight in time for a summer holiday or wedding, hang the bikini or dress you plan to wear (in the size you hope to be by then) on your wardrobe door.
Everyone falls off the wagon now and again, it’s the getting back on that separates the success stories from the failures. Don’t give yourself a bad time for it, acknowledge its happened and then get on back up there.
No matter how you get there, you know you’ve succeeded once the day arrives when you can’t imagine skipping your workout or not eating healthily most of the time. You can call it an addiction, a pleasure or an escape, but the important thing is that you’re doing it on a regular basis, and that you’re doing it for you.