“I’m too busy.”
“I love food.”
“I hate working out.”
I’ve used every single one of those excuses (and many more!) to put off being healthier. It can feel incredibly overwhelming, but really, it’s easier than you think to get started on a path to being healthier. Trust me, I’ve started over on this path many times. Life happens, but that doesn’t mean you can’t change.
These are the tips I’m using to get healthier today.
- Start small.
- Want to start a gym routine of working out 7 days and a diet of the Whole 30 all in the same week? Sounds to me like you’re going to fail before you even start. Instead, set yourself up for success.
- Write a list of what you’d like to change, then ask yourself, what’s your biggest priority? Right now, mine is exercising. So I am focusing most of my energy on completing my workout program every week, while encouraging myself to begin making some small diet swaps – eating a salad instead of chips, cooking with less butter, and so on.
- Don’t try to change everything at once. Take it a step at a time.
- Find your motivation.
- Maybe you have a big event coming up – a wedding, a high school reunion – or maybe you just feel desperate for a change. Either way, you have to dig deep and find your own personal motivation.
- You can’t do it for your kids or your spouse or because your friend is telling you to. Why do you want to change?
- Don’t give up.
- There will be days you skip a workout. Or you eat pizza instead of those vegetables silently judging you from the fridge. But you can’t abandon everything when you have a setback. Tell yourself, “Self, that really wasn’t the best choice, we must do better.” And be done with it. Move forward toward making better choices each day.
- Support groups can be a huge help to stay motivated. Whether you have a friend relying on you to meet them at the gym or you have found a community through a mom group, Beachbody coach, website like SparkPeople or app like MyFitnessPal, they all offer accountability.
These tips just scratch the surface of creating a healthier life, but they are what I use to prioritize when I have gone a bit off course. And oh, how I have strayed in this post-baby life. My biggest motivation right now is my wedding day, it’s only 6 months away! It’s definitely time to lose that baby weight.
What are your favorite ways to keep yourself and your family healthy?