Make this your mantra and nothing can stop you from not just achieving your goals but sticking with them. You’ve learned what’s important to you regarding your health and fitness. You’ve discovered tools to keep your health finely tuned. You feel great and you want to stay that way. It’s going to take some work, but it doesn’t have to be hard.
WRITE YOUR RESOLUTIONS IN INK
Are you hoping to lose weight? Boost your energy? Manage a chronic condition? Keep yourself from developing serious health issues? Whatever your goal, put it on paper. Write it down. Don’t file it in your mind and then lose it. Don’t write it down to end up crumpled and ignored somewhere. Write it down and stare it in the face. Daily. “I want to keep my heart strong”. “I don’t want to fall.” “I want to control my diabetes.” It might even help to keep a diary. Track your progress and remind yourself that you are making progress. Small changes can add up over time to give you a big health boost.
FILL UP ON MOTIVATION DAILY
Motivation is everywhere. The Mayo Clinic has some simple tips to help you stick to your program and keep you on path.
Routine is the biggest killer of motivation.
Change it up to stay psyched about what you are doing. If your regimen is stagnant, you’ll wither with it. And all that work you’ve been doing is out the door.
Keep your goals realistic and achievable
Start with 10 minutes a day if you have to. Park in the back part of the parking lot and walk to where you’re going. Cut out the nightly Ben and Jerry’s or M&M’s. It’s easy to get frustrated and give up if your goals are too ambitious.
Make it fun
If you don’t enjoy it, you’re not going to do it. For example, you might find the treadmill tedious and boring. You’re not alone there. So think about what you’ve probably never thought about. What would you like? A dancing class? Martial arts? Don’t laugh. Whatever it is, you should look forward to it, not dread it.
Make physical activity part of your daily routine
Brush your teeth, floss, move. Move more. Make it a habit. Sitting for long periods of time has negative effects on your health. Remember that. And keep moving. Do it throughout the day in small doses. Moderate or vigorous. Whatever you can do is better than nothing.
Don’t go it alone
You’re not the only one trying to achieve what you are. Seek out fitness partners even if it means finding someone to walk with. Develop a cheering section. Sometimes you need to hear your success out loud.
Take a few minutes to pat yourself on the back about what you’re doing. Treat yourself to something other than food. Add some new workout tunes. Buy a new pair of workout shoes. Binge on good feelings.
It’s ok to take a day or two off if you feel you need a break. Don’t let guilt get you. Just get right back on track and feel good about yourself doing it. Vacation dropout? Forgive yourself. Don’t beat yourself up. You enjoyed it, now let it go.
JUST DON’T GIVE UP.
Make it all matter. Be realistic about what ‘s at stake here. The process doesn’t have to be painful. It’s about feeling better. Achieving your goals is something to celebrate. Look in the mirror and instead of cringing, see what success looks like. Discover the power of willpower over won’tpower. No “poor me”. “No “I’m going to fail”. No “I can’t do this”. No excuses.
PART OF “NO EXCUSES” IS TO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT TO SEE DR. STEPHEN A. GOLDSTEIN, M.D, F.A.C.S. AT DENVER HORMONE HEALTH. YOU MADE A PLAN THAT INCLUDED EATING LESS AND EXERCISING MORE. YOU’VE STUCK TO IT SO FAR. BUT ARE YOU DOING EVERYTHING YOU CAN TO AVOID SABOTAGING YOURSELF? THERE’S A LOT AT STAKE HERE. STICKING TO YOUR PROGRAM ENTAILS SEEING AND FEELING ONGOING RESULTS. IF YOUR HORMONES ARE IMBALANCED, WITH TIME IT CAN BECOME MORE DIFFICULT TO BENEFIT FROM NUTRITION AND FITNESS. YOU’RE NOT GOING TO GET THE FULL REWARD OF YOUR EFFORTS. AND THAT’S KEY TO REMAINING MOTIVATED. THAT’S WHERE DR. GOLDSTEIN CAN HELP. ONCE HE TESTS YOU TO DETERMINE YOUR PERSONAL HORMONE LEVELS, HE CAN CREATE AN INDIVIDUALIZED TREATMENT PLAN FOR YOUR UNIQUE HORMONE NEEDS. WANT TO KEEP FOLLOWING YOUR PLAN? PLAN ON KEEPING DR. GOLDSTIEN IN THE PICTURE. GOING TO HIM ON A REGULAR BASIS, IS A SURE WAY TO KEEP YOU GOING.