6. Set goals that are non weight related
I have learned by now that most people have certain numbers in their head as to what weight they think they need to be, but you and your body are capable of so much more than just reaching a certain weight.
Set goals related to how fast you can run a mile, or how many pushups you can do. These goals are great because when you don’t see any movement on the scale you still have other goals to work towards to keep you motivated. It is also a great way to see changes in your body composition because the harder you push yourself physically the more calories you will burn and the more changes you will see in your body!
7. Celebrate more!
Take pride in every achievement you make and celebrate them. If you made it to the gym 4 times this week, and you’ve never done that before, CELEBRATE! If you went a whole week without having your midnight snack of a bag of chips, CELEBRATE! If you can finally do a full pushup, CELEBRATE!
Ok, you get the point, no matter how small or insignificant it may seem, celebrate. The truth is, there are many individuals who are way behind you and wish they had the motivation and drive that you do to even get started. Also remind yourself of how far you have come, you’re already doing more than you were before and that is always something to be proud of.
Instead of beating yourself up for one mistake, be proud of all of the steps you have taken in the right direction and remind yourself that you are doing your best and that’s amazing!
8. Keep your health your main priority
Change the way you view fitness and it will change your life. Not only do you want to look good, but you want to feel good as well!
Yes, aesthetic goals are great to keep you motivated – but keep in mind that those extra pounds of fat can also lead to health issues like heart problems, joint pain and more.
Instead of complaining that you “have” to go to the gym, be thankful that you have the ability to do it.
Did you know that through exercise you can actually reverse the process of aging on your body?
So next time you workout, remember that you are doing something good for your waistline, your heart and your future!
9. Find an exercise program you love
The best exercise is the type you enjoy! Why? Well because if you enjoy it and look forward to it then you are most likely to stick with it and do it more often and incorporate it into your weekly routine. Therefore leading to greater health and weight loss benefits, plus a new hobby and something else to look forward to in your day!
10. Don’t deprive yourself of your favourite foods and do crazy diets
This goes along with finding an exercise program you love, if it is not sustainable then it will not become a lifestyle change. It may work for a little while, but sooner or later you will crave those foods you have been depriving yourself of and sooner or later you will cave and most likely binge. This restricting and binging is usually followed by guilt, and this is not a cycle that will show you much results or happiness.
Slowly start to add in more veggies, while reducing unhealthy choices and continue to make small, but sustainable changes to your diet. This will lead to changes in your body composition, and changes in the foods your body craves! Once you get your body fuelled with whole, nutritious foods it will start to feel naturally more energized and “junk” foods will make you feel “yucky”, making healthy foods your go to!