As we settle into our lives, we tend to fall into a routine. Routines allow us to take care of the everyday things that make our lives manageable. Often, routines can have a positive influence on our lives. But if they are full of bad habits, they can lead to negative side effects like weight gain or body toxicity. The challenge is turning your routine into a healthier one and sticking with it.
Losing weight can feel like a difficult chore if you approach it with the wrong mindset. It’s important to stay positive and remember that you will realize the benefits of your efforts if you stick with them. Thankfully, you can see fast results if you make healthy life changes right now. Here’s how to start.
Visualize Your Goal Every Day
Never lose sight of your weight loss goal. Even if you don’t have a specific number in mind, you can visualize your goal each day and use that visualization to reinforce every decision you make. If your goal is to fit into your old pair of jeans, consider that when you’re shopping at the grocery store or picking a spot for lunch. Whenever you’re ready to make a decision, ask yourself, “Will this bring me closer to reaching my goal?”
Think Less and Do More
When we procrastinate, we’re usually putting something off because we’re thinking about it too much and not acting. We believe that it may present us with physical or psychological discomfort, so we try to avoid that discomfort. This could be something as simple as cleaning up our bedroom or something as complicated as finding a new job.
When people are trying to lose weight, they often put off making healthy life changes by reasoning that they will eventually do it, so they don’t have to do it just yet. But if they keep procrastinating, they’ll never reach their goal.
The trick to doing what needs to be done is simply doing it instead of thinking about it. When you’re purchasing food for the week, don’t think about what you might be missing by avoiding the cookie aisle. Instead, just say to yourself, “I’m not going down the cookie aisle,” and stick to your resolution. Plan your route and your grocery list beforehand and follow them like they’re the law.
When it comes to exercise, let your body do the work and put your mind at rest. Don’t think about how hard your run is going to be. Think about something else until you find yourself out your door with your running shoes on. The root of procrastination is fear, but fear only exists in our minds. You don’t have to let fear control your actions.
Focus on Your Strengths
Everyone is good at something. Your creativity, curiosity, and intelligence are what help you make positive changes and reach your goals in every facet of your life. The same can be true of your weight loss goals. Focus on instances in which you used your strengths to overcome your challenges. Channel those strengths to stick to your weight loss plan.
Write Everything Down
Write on a calendar or in a journal every night before bed so you can keep track of how close you are to your goal. This could be a simple calculation of how much weight you’ve lost so far or a long deposition about how you’ve felt during your journey. Writing your healthy life changes down has a way making them more real. If you’re noticing positive changes, having a written record of them will help you keep them in mind the next time you’re struggling.
Finish Strong – And Keep Going
Once you’ve reached your weight loss goal, don’t fall back into your old, unhealthy routine. Keep the weight off by sustaining your healthy diet and any other healthy life changes you’ve picked up along the way. Part of creating a new you is maintaining the new you. Keep visualizing your goals, doing more, focusing on your strengths, and writing everything down.
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