The first step does not take any physical activity at all. It is all about focusing the lens of your mind to be in alignment with your goals. Our minds are powerful .... you have the power to change your life by changing thoughts and beliefs in many cases. We all have the ability to choose our goals, execute them and create the lives we want to. The hardest part is simply believing that you can. Once you begin to watch your mind, you can observe how your emotions and behaviors affect your life and your health. We feed our bellies, BUT we also can feed our feelings with our thoughts. I have always found journaling to be a great tool as well as positive affirmations, guided imagery and positive beliefs about ourselves.
Goals! Set Goals that are Attainable and Maintainable!
What is your vision of the ultimate YOU!? Write it down in detail. What will it take to get there? Set short term and long term goals and create a plan to achieve them. YOU can do it. It might take some time but, believe in yourself and stay committed! Reward yourself in ways that do not involve sugar or decadent food. Go for a massage, pedicure or something you have been wanting for a while. Keep reaffirming your goals and your belief in yourself.
Some of you may be getting into the groove of a new daily exercise regimen or learning new healthy recipes to cook for you and your family — setting specific, realistic goals will help you see the progress you're making and keep you motivated.
Support! Find Family and Friends to Back you Up!
Ultimately, you are responsible for your own success. However, having friends and family who are there to support you and hold you accountable are important motivators. I encourage you to share your goals and how you're planning to accomplish them. Let them know what your doing and what steps you have made. Let them know how important it is to you to have their support. I bet you will end up motivating someone else too! Celebrate with these great friends too when you reach a step on your journey.
Choices -- Make the Best Ones for your Health!
Choices, choices, choices ... it all comes down to that split second when you can go for something that will nourish you or something that will not. I encourage my patients to stock the fridge and cabinets with choices that are in line with your goals. I also recommend meal planning and food prep to keep you in line. When hunger strikes, you want to have some clean, lean proteins and veggies available to snack on! Also, choose to exercise ... even if you do not feel like it ... no excuses here ... just do it!
Get Moving! Our Bodies Were Made for Moving!
Exercise is the BEST way to burn calories and to keep our bodies metabolically strong. I'm a huge fan of high intensity interval training and cross training because it simultaneously improves mobility, strength, and stamina. If exercise has not been a big part of your life, take it slow. Make the Commitment to enjoy exercise 5 days per week. Go for a walk, take a bike ride, do some gentle yoga. Best of all, hire a personal trainer to help you and keep you accountable. Get your workouts in your calendar and make it your most important appointment of the day.