Since October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, I want to start by saying I am a survivor. I survived the worst nightmare, and guess what? I picked myself up off the floor and made a decision to move forward and get serious with my health and fitness.
I had always worked out and thought I was eating pretty good overall, but I wanted to dive in and step up my game, because at this point, my health meant everything to me. I began to see fitness in a whole different light and I realized it truly is a mindset. When we make up our minds and commit to getting healthy or fit, doesn’t it take everything inside of you to really focus on what you are doing?
Working with hundreds of clients over the last several years has taught me that we are all very similar in so many ways. We have the same thoughts about our bodies, the same cravings for foods, and even the same ups and downs in life that leads us from being super motivated, to becoming super unmotivated. The challenges we face day to day when it comes to health, eating clean, and trying to get in a workout are constant for most people. We all have good intentions, but when the push comes to shove, what is the final decision you make? Do you get yourself to the gym after a long day at work, or do you go home because you are too tired? Do you cave in and eat the pizza and cookies that the office brings in, or do you bring your own clean lunch and a healthy snack? This all comes down to our minds and I know one thing for sure: we are much stronger than we think. When we set ourselves up for success and really plan out our days ahead, we are more successful at everything, aren’t we? The challenges will always be there, but when you have your mind set up that nothing is going to stop you, I believe nothing will stop you.
I hear people say all the time how tired they feel and need more energy, but what are you doing to make a change to gain this energy? You have heard this before, “if there is a will, there is a way”. Once you get it in your head that you want to make better choices, or change the way you eat, then you have to step up to the plate and this all starts with your mind.
Here are a few tips to try:
#1 – And this is the most important: you have to mentally prepare yourself ahead of time, commit to your goal, and plan a start date.
#2 – Give yourself enough time to mentally prepare so you can really set yourself up for success.
#3 – If you do not have a gym membership, go visit a few then choose the best fit because not all gyms are the same.
Kelley’s Bootcamp is a great fit for all women looking for group fitness with women of all ages and fitness levels.
Research and plan your healthy meals and take your grocery list to the store for the week ahead. There are also many meal prep companies that can prepare your foods and ship them to you. This makes life easier if you have the funds to do it.
Don’t be afraid to hire a coach for help in the beginning. That is what we are here for.
Ask a friend to join you on this journey because you will need to lean on each other when times get tough.
Realize ahead that this is not going to be a cake walk. There are always highs and lows when it comes to starting a healthy and fit lifestyle. The highs will carry you through, but the lows can mess with your head and sometimes trick your mind into wanting to quit. Try to read positive and motivating quotes daily to keep your head in the game. My big piece of advice is, on the days you do not want to workout or eat clean, do it anyways. Force yourself, because when the day is over, you will feel a sense of accomplishment and be so proud of yourself that you will want to thank me, which I would love for you to reach out.
If you constantly feed your mind positive thoughts, you will become more positive. If you constantly judge yourself in a negative way, you will never reach your full potential and see yourself the way you should. Positivity breeds positivity, right? Don’t be so judgmental about your body, focus on your goal of becoming the best you while you can. It all comes down to how badly do you want to feel better than you do today? You are the only one to answer this question. So the choice is yours alone. What is it going to be?
Please reach out to me for any help in these areas. My passion is to help you get on this healthy lifestyle train. We all need someone for accountability and to keep us on track, lets start today.