“Refuse to think about what you have lost, and instead take inventory of what you have left and begin using it.” – Joyce Meyer
Although I mainly follow a low carb diet and have experienced many benefits with this way of eating, I also understand that everyone is unique and must find what works for them. After many years of trial and error, I have discovered that there are several principles for success that can be applied to any lifestyle. Making this list is a good reminder to myself as well for when I am having cravings or feel like skipping my workout!
Control your mindset.
Having a positive attitude towards getting healthy and fit is probably the biggest factor in your success. Be big minded, not small-minded. Do not waste thoughts on petty matters. This means focusing on all the benefits you are seeing by working out, and reminding yourself of all the ways your body is enjoying healthy eating. Do not focus on what you are giving up, focus on what you are gaining! This frees up your energy in a big way to help you reach your goals easier.
Use positive words.
This applies to what you say aloud, as well as what you say to yourself in your head. Do not give negative words a foothold in your life! Positive words breed positive results.
Most of us already have a to-do list longer than our arm, and getting in exercise and cooking healthy meals can sometimes feel like one more obligation that we pile on top of all our other demands. Try to make your new lifestyle as undemanding and stress-free as possible! This may mean asking for help in other areas, such as asking your partner to take the kids out while you hit the gym. And there’s no need to feel guilty either. Taking care of your health is the biggest gift you can give yourself and your family, and will actually reduce your stress levels over time!
Do more of what you like.
One easy way to stick to your goals is by doing things you actually enjoy! For years I ate yogurt even though I hated it because I read somewhere that it was healthy. I never realized how removing all the natural fat and adding sugar to the yogurt would just make my cravings worse. Take the time to think about what you are eating and how you are moving your body and promise yourself that you will no longer force yourself to do things that you do not like. Fitness is fun and rewarding when you stick to what you love!
One technique that I use to beat cravings is to not give them any attention or energy. What you focus on grows in your mind and can quickly lead to undesired actions. What I like to do when I start thinking about eating junk food is to mentally “turn off the switch.” I picture the craving in my mind as being controlled by a light switch, and I imagine myself turning the craving switch to “off”. You’d be surprised how many times a simple trick like this works!
Do not overreact to setbacks.
You’ve heard this one before but it bears repeating. Do not waste time and precious energy beating yourself up if you stray from your goals. You didn’t rob a bank, you just ate a donut! Don’t give it one more thought, and move on.
You must let go of something to take hold of something.
In the end, letting go of something that is no longer serving your needs can be the most freeing thing in the world. Being a slave to unhealthy food can seep into every aspect of your life and prevent you from living how you were meant to live – with a lightness in your step, a glow on your face and an eagerness to get up and face each day with a heart full of strength and love!
Thanks for reading and have a great day!