When you begin an exercise program, or start a new diet, the focus typically is on weight loss. Along with that focus is the belief that reaching your goal is the key to happiness. OK, maybe it’s not the key to happiness but let’s face it most people believe if they could just lose those extra 20, 30, 40 or 100 pounds, they would be happy. Life would be easier, confidence would be higher, and you’d feel better about who you are.
The key actually is to work on believing in yourself first: Liking who you are right now. After all, whether you lose the weight or not, you are still you.
I am always amazed at how easily we are all able to beat ourselves up for not sticking to a diet or missing a workout. We are so quick to call ourselves failures for not following through with our plans. I am not saying you should not try to follow through or just accept behavior that isn’t helping you. What I am saying is to be kinder to you. Think for a moment about what you say to yourself when you’ve “cheated” or have been “bad”. Is that what you would say to your best friend?
This is a journey you are on not a sprint; it’s not just a few months out of your life. This is all about lifestyle change and that change begins with liking YOU. You deserve to treat yourself well, to respect your body and mind. Here are a few simple exercises you can do to help you on this road to self-love:
Start your day with positive affirmations: This should be personal and meaningful to you.
Celebrate your successes however small. This will help get you in the habit of focusing on accomplishments not failures.
Change your self-talk. If you tend to put yourself down, think about what you would say to your friend and apply it to you.
Remember that everyone has set backs. When and if you do, accept it and move on! Don’t dwell on the negative.
Don’t think of eating healthy as a punishment. This is a reward because you deserve the very best!
Be sure your exercise routines are appropriately challenging. Too hard and you feel like a looser, right? Too easy and you won’t get anywhere.
Hang in there and remember your trainer is always available to assist you in all your health and fitness goals.