You hear stories about how people follow certain diets and how they lost weight but then weeks later they lose their progress. This is because your health and fitness should not be a “diet”, it is not a quick fix. The most successful people make it a lifestyle change. They chose to permanently create a healthy lifestyle for themselves.
Blow are some tips that can help you change your life for a healthier life.
Find What Works
Everyone is different. Everyone has different goals and different things that work for them. Find what works for you! Find what you think you will be able to stick with. For some that is going to the gym, realizing that its easier to focus away from home. Others may find they don’t have the extra time to travel to a gym and need a more accessible home program.
Set goals for yourself to complete, if your new start small. It takes 21 days to start a habit, so start with “I will workout 3 days a week for 30 minutes for 4 weeks.” By the end of the 4 weeks it should become easier to commit. At the end of your 4 weeks have a new plan, like “I will increase my workouts from 3 to 5 days a week for 30 minutes for 4 weeks”. Continue to always push yourself that extra step and no matter what do not quit! If you hit a plateau where your goals may not seem to be working as well as before than change up your routine a bit.
Read more about overcoming a weight loss plateau here.
Don’t Depend on a Scale
Avoid the scale when setting your goals, yes its good to monitor your weight but the scale doesn’t take in consideration your body changes. It doesn’t take in consideration that you are building muscle even if you are losing fat the numbers may not change as you expected. This often leads to disappointment which can lead to wanting to give up. Don’t give up! Think about how your body is changing as a whole. Do you feel like you have more energy? Do you feel stronger? Has your endurance improved? Do your pants fit better? These are the changes you want to feel in a fit lifestyle.
Stick to a Schedule
Find a time in your day that works the best for you. Think about when you are most productive and when you will get the best results. Are you a morning person? Than first thing in the morning might be better for you, get up early before the children and spouse so there is uninterrupted time for yourself. Not such a morning person? Then make it the first thing you do when you come home from work before you get sucked into the routine of house chores. Or wait till the kiddies go to bed and fit in an end of day 30 minute workout instead of going right to the couch to watch your shows.
Check out some time management tips here to help clear out your schedule!
Stop Making Excuses
Yes, life happens and there will be times that you will have to break away from your schedule. However, people make excuses to skip a workout or make unwise meal decisions more often than they should. Have children? Can’t get a minute alone? Let them join you! Make it a family fun moment. Really think about why you may have missed a workout. Think about the time wasters in your day and eliminate them. Find at home workouts vs the gym to save time in your day and you can still be home with the kids. Squeeze a workout in while you have a load of laundry in the washer. Move your health near the top of your priority list.
Hold Yourself Accountable
Create a food diary, track what you are eating and how many calories you are actually consuming. Tracking your food really makes you think about what you are eating and how much of it. Make a calendar that you can track your progress. Mark each day you workout, stay under your calorie goals. Set a schedule to take you measurements periodically so you know that you are going to have to log your progress you have made for that time frame. This will help push you to see results before that measurement period. Personally I like to do this at the end of every month, giving myself a monthly challenge. Join an accountability group with others like you (Join my Free FitFriends Group here!) You can share your story, post your results, see what others are doing to complete their goals and what they are doing to over come their struggles.