Health, Fitness & Lifestyle
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Staying on track with your health and weight loss goals is something a lot of people struggle with. If you're like most people, you've probably wondered if you'll ever be able to succeed and often feel badly about yourself "failing" over and over again.
So when you decide to work towards your health and fitness goals, remember this one thing…
You are making a COMMITMENT.
YOU have reached a point where you know you need to change.
Now you need to decide how much you want that change.
Think of this not as improving your life but saving it. The changes will make you healthier, happier and bring back control.
Once you have made the mental commitment, take small steps to give yourself more free time to breathe and move.
Tips to Stay on Track and commit to weight loss
1. Monitor, audit and adjust your viewing habits. With TV on 24-hour demand and endless ‘must see’ box sets to stream, whole evenings can be lost watching TV.
TIP: Bookmark TV programs to watch, rather than surfing in vain. This one change alone, could free up several hours per week.
2. Spend less time on social media. These sites have their benefits, but if you are not careful, you can spend hours in a week watching kittens or viewing your friends’ holiday posts. Very little of what you view on social media will inspire you and make you feel positive. Time and time again, social media will have the opposite effect on your mood and your energy.
3. Wake up earlier. This is a great way of adding 30-60 minutes to your day (although it’s not everyone’s cup of tea). Exercising, meditating or reading, whilst the rest of the world sleeps, gives you the opportunity for peace and quiet with no interruptions.
4. Make an effort to block out one hour at the beginning of the day where you have no interruptions. In this time frame, ignore all phone calls and emails, and use this time to do as much work/planning as you can. Delegate time for answering emails and making calls and stick to it where possible. This discipline and the creation of your ‘power hour’ will give you the feeling of being ahead of the game, and consequently, you will achieve much more throughout the day.
5. Simplify commitments. It is essential that you try to reduce the extra commitments you have in your life while you work towards your goal. Simplifying and moderating your obligations will help you stay focused on your objective. You may worry that you’re letting others down, but if you don’t grab this opportunity now, you will be letting yourself down.
Remember, this is not forever. Be strong and explain that while you’d love to commit, at present, you just don’t have the time to give it your all.
6. Streamline your life. In the movie Yes Man, actor Jim Carrey plays a character called Carl, who is stuck in a rut with his negative ways. After attending a self-help seminar, he learns to unleash the power of yes. Living his life in the affirmative, Carl is led into all sorts of amazing life changing experiences. Turning this idea on its head while you are embarking on your challenge and practice just saying NO. If you are asked to do something that is not related to reaching your goal, politely decline.
7. Focus on what is important to you. Simplify your daily routines, your work, your social life, your daily chores and your downtime. It will take time and a little effort, but it will be worth it.
8. Build routines. Our bodies and minds function best when we follow a schedule that is relatively consistent and regular. If you are looking to make changes in your lifestyle or looking to get the optimum performance, it becomes even more important to establish and follow a routine. For example, getting dramatically different amounts of sleep from one night to the next, or waking up at different times is confusing for your system. If you can stick to a more consistent sleep routine, have regular meal times and be consistent with your exercise, you’ll give yourself a better chance at improving your quality of life.
What do you think of these tips?
Comment below which of these tips resonates with you and what you can put into action TODAY to commit to your health and fitness goals.
Lisa Swanson is an ACE Certified Health Coach, Personal Trainer and Orthopedic Exercise Specialist as well as a certified AASDN and PN level 1 nutritionist. With over 35 years experience helping people turn their lives around, she is on a mission to provide relevant and useful knowledge to help women in midlife reach their goals.
Check out my interview with the Magnificent Midlife podcast on staying fit and healthy long-term.