It’s been said that doing what it takes to stay healthy is harder than not doing it. For me, that just isn’t true. I’ve watched the effort, pain and time consumed by family and friends who were ill. The time they spent in doctor’s appointments, the money they’ve spent on drugs and ultimately, the fight they had to return to a normal life. That’s always been my motivation to be healthy. To me, it seems easier to prevent many conditions than all the effort it takes to fight it. Being sick isn’t for sissies. I tend to travel the road of the least resistance and to me, staying healthy is just that. I use that notion to get me to the gym and direct me toward healthy eating habits.
Find your driving force.
If your spouse nags you into working out, you’ll find ways to skip it as often as possible. The reason has to be near and dear to you, it can’t be someone else’s decision. I have heard of people getting into shape so they can one day flaunt their new body at an ex that jilted that person. I have heard people who want to get into shape to look great for a class reunion or to avoid health problems. None of these reasons are better than others as long as they’re reasons that hold the power to motivate that person. Find what your driving force is and focus on it.
Use that force to your advantage.
Create reminders to keep the fires of desire burning. Post a picture of the dress you want to wear for your class reunion. Hang a Post It on the refrigerator with your blood pressure numbers and the numbers you want to achieve or anything that will remind you that you want to lower your sugar levels. Plan an active vacation where you need the extra energy for scuba diving, skydiving or hiking and hang a picture of the location. Do whatever it takes to remind you of why you made the commitment.
Break down your goal to smaller quickly achievable steps.
Losing 100 pounds takes a long time, so why not break that goal down to easier to reach goals you can celebrate sooner. Make weekly goals, monthly goals and long term goals. A weekly goal might be to lose one or three pounds. That’s reasonable, but not necessarily too easy to do. It’s consistency that counts and perseverance.
- Add to your motivation by celebrating your successes. Everyone needs an “ata’ boy” along the way.
- Clearly define your motivation, just as you clearly define your goals. If you want to get into shape to look better, say exactly why you want to look better. There are no wrong answers.
- Stay realistic. There’s nothing more discouraging than an unachievable goal. If you want to lose 50 pounds before your class reunion, no problem. That is, unless your class reunion is two weeks from that day.
- Make sure your plan to achieve your goals fits your lifestyle and one you can accomplish long term. Getting healthy is a marathon, not a sprint.