HOW DO I STAY MOTIVATED?

I have had a couple of requests to do a post of how I stay motivated to keep eating healthy. So I decided make this little pointers that might help someone in this Monday Morning:

1. Visualise yourself of how do you want to look. This help me big time because before I eat something bad I always think to myself: “This is not going to make me look lean” NO IS NOT! So is easier to say no to unhealthy things. Plus when you are eating healthy most of the time you don’t crave bad food that much. Believe me it is a cycle the better you eat the better you feel. The more bad food you eat the more bad food you crave so BREAK that cycle and you will feel AMAZING!

2. Set goals. Realistic goals now! say I am going to lose half a pound or a pound per week, and focus on that. Or even better buy a  smaller seize  of jeans and try them every Sunday. The non-scale victory are the best ones as scales are very deceiving! You might have not lose weight but you lost body fat which will allow you to get into a smaller size so that is much better!

3. Have fun with the process. Find a sport or activity that you like and that you look forward doing. If going to lift weights is not for you find other activities that might help you, like a running club, dancing, tennis etc. You would surprise yourself of how much fun you can have and how this activity can have a positive impact on your body and mind!

4. Make a list of reasons why you want to reach your goals:

  • to have energy to play with my kids
  • to feel confident
  • to have a better health
  • to see myself in the mirror and like what I see
Which ever the reasons are write them down and read them every day and remember to yourself why should I eat healthy today. 
5. Have a plan every week of your meals. It motivates me and exites to try new foods and recipes so don’t be afraid of trying new things. Sometimes we think “oh I won’t like that” “I won’t be satisfied with that portion” etc. But then you might surprise yourself and realise that healthy food wasn’t bad or that portion that I thought I was small it actually makes me feel better. etc.
With this comes in planning and organisation if you have your meals planned and cooked in advance you know whats your next meal so you don’t put other ideas in your head. You just go and eat what you have prepared!

“If not you, then who? If not now, when?” If you truly let those words sink in, it’s hard to be a slacker.
But perhaps my favorite “put it all in perspective” commentary comes from the Dalai Lama. When asked what surprised him most about humanity, he answered, “Man.” Why?
“Because,” said His Holiness, “he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never to die, and then dies having never really lived.”


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