Consider the following nine motivational tips to help you make small, positive steps each day.
1. Feel good about yourself today
Be sure the people around you make you feel good about yourself, no matter your size or health condition. In addition, if close friends encourage you to overeat, find some new friends who have good health habits and also want a healthier you.
2. Rethink your role model
Barbie’s still the first role model many young girls are drawn to. But let’s be honest, for most women to look like Barbie, they’d have to be nearly six feet tall, shrink their waist size by eight inches, move the excess inches up to their chests, and then pose in the “suck in the gut/high heel” position all the time. Come on! There’s a better way to live our lives than pretending.
3. Know what makes you overeat
The key to staying motivated is to know where your problem areas are and have a plan for dealing with them. Do you use food to cope with disappointment, rejection, boredom, or even personal success? Change that and focus on other stress-relieving or problem-handling techniques.
4. Make simple daily changes
Who said health-related lifestyle changes had to be all or nothing? Start small and make simple changes daily. Some examples include:
- Add two more servings of veggies at lunch and dinner
- Drink three more glasses of water each day
- Add 10 minutes of walking to your daily exercise regimen
- Take a break every hour at work and walk 500 steps in place (2,000 steps burns 100 calories)
- Wake up 15 minutes earlier and walk before work
5. Find someone to motivate
We all need a little motivation. By having to account to someone else gives you a reason to hang in there when you can’t muster determination from within. It doesn’t matter where the support comes from—a spouse, family member, friend, co-worker or others.
Think of at least five people who you can inspire and in return they will support your goals and dreams as you are on your way to achieving them. This doesn’t imply depending on them or your need for a crowd; however you can support yourself by seeing whose lives you can impact.
6. Forgive yourself
If you slip up on vacation and overeat or fail to exercise, forgive yourself. Don’t beat yourself up! Instead, determine to yourself that the next day you’re starting your more disciplined health plan. There is no need to be stuck in the past.
7. Remember that change takes time
It’s easy to see healthy people and think how lucky they are. But here’s the truth: luck doesn’t apply to a group or type of people; it’s all dependent on the individual and their work to get the healthy body they want.
8. Move around more today; sit less
Make healthy choices by being more physically active. Change your TV channel manually. Take the stairs at work. Go on a long walk with your kids or grandkids. Raining outside? Walk or run in place while watching TV. No excuses!
9. Celebrate each day’s journey
In the midst of your healthy journey, don’t forget to enjoy each day. Most women agree that their lives and dreams for the future are so intertwined with reaching a specific goal or destination that any derived pleasure is disregarded. Live each moment and savour some of life’s simple pleasures every day.