Have you been working on becoming more healthy or exercising and then start looking at yourself in the mirror and just are not seeing the results that you want? Does it feel like there is no improvement at all? If so then this article is to help you see those results!
Are you working out and dieting and working out more and are just not seeing results quickly enough? We are an instant gratification nation. We want it all, and we want it now! But sadly, sustained weight loss is not a quick process. It takes time to change your game plan and stay on track. You do not want to do anything that you cannot do forever, so this is not a diet, this is a healthy life change. Give up the quick fix mentality and remind yourself there are no “end-all be-all” deadlines. Slowly changing your habits to those that support a healthy lifestyle will lead to weight loss, more energy, and more!
Take little victories!
The next time you’re not seeing the results you want as fast as you’d like and you feel that familiar tug telling you to just give up, focus on the little victories instead. Example of this – instead of saying I want to lose 20 lbs, and only that. Break it down to 2 lbs per week, or 5 lbs per month. This smaller victory will keep you in check.
Notice how much better that favorite pair of pants fit, how easy it is now when climbing the stairs, how satisfying it is to know you are taking great care of yourself, how much energy you have now, how you are demonstrating by example healthy living to your kids—if you look around, there are plenty of results that are not measured by the number on the scale. All healthy behaviors are well worth the effort and you will be a healthier happier person because of it.
Have you been working on becoming more healthy or exercising and then hear that little whisper in the back of your mind telling you just how boring this all is? Does it feel like the same thing day after day? If so then this article is to help you think of alternatives to help alleviate the boredom J
How to Overcome Boredom!
Once you find a gym or food plan that you can follow, make sure to build in flexibility around those plans. This will help you from being bored quickly and then not doing the thing you wanted to do in the first place.
Eating the same foods day after day (boring salad anyone??) no matter how healthy will get you off kilter quick. Who want’s that? Change it up! Online there are so many amazing healthy recipes that are also easy to create, and delicious to eat! Take a look, try new things!
Or following the same workout routine each time you exercise, let’s say the same class, or maybe you do the treadmill only (ugh!!). Who wants that? I try to incorporate several types of activities over different days and change it up often! One day I will run, another lift weights, and maybe throw in a yoga class or group class from time to time as well. Keep changing it up and you will not get bored! What you will get is heathier, and we all want that don’t we?
Declining social invitations for fear that there will be tempting drink and food you can’t resist will lead to a boring life, and loss of social interaction is not good for anyone. Maybe eat a healthy snack before you go out to limit your hunger. I am not saying not to eat anything but limit your portions while you are out. This way you can still enjoy the food and drinks but do so sparingly. Heck I even have a cheat day where I let myself indulge a bit. Just be smart about it!
To keep things fresh and exciting get creative with your foods, with your workouts, and with your friends. Experiment with new recipes, commit to trying a new fruit or vegetable, or support group. Rather than diet in isolation, a support group can make all the difference. Commiserate and have fun with those who are going through the same thing. Keep your muscles guessing by signing up for a new exercise class or playing with speed intervals on your next run. Add yoga or weightlifting into your workout. And by all means, go to those social events and have fun—just be smart. Don’t show up hungry! Focus more on socialization rather than the food and make the best choices available without blowing your plan.
You got this!