STICKY NOTES – EVERWHERE!
Don’t let yourself forget the commitment you have made. Remind yourself constantly by having motivational words on sticky notes placed where you will see them throughout the day. For example, put a note on your fridge saying: ‘Nothing tastes as good as being in great shape feels!’ Or put a note on your car dashboard saying: ‘Forever forward towards my goal.’
POSITIVE SELF TALK
Telling yourself you have the power to grow, change and improve yourself will help you to believe in it. Start every day with a positive affirmation such as ‘Today I will lose weight by eating healthy and living an active lifestyle.’ Repeat these words several times in your head even before you get out of bed. This is the best way to start your day. Before you know it, there will be no goal you cannot conquer!
Find an old photo of yourself (maybe from years ago), when you felt confident and happy with your body. It should be a time when you were healthy and in good shape. Place the photo where you will see it several times a day, such as your diary, wallet or use it as a bookmark. This ‘visual’ will help motivate you when you may feel like giving up on dedication.
HUNT FOR YOUR ‘SKINNY JEANS.’
Are you still holding on to some old clothing that you love and are hoping that one day you will be able to wear again? Well, dust it off and put it on display! Hang it where you can see it every day as you get dressed to remind you of your goal. Old outfits tend to carry memories of good times shared while wearing them. The strong sense of memory can create a huge boost in your motivation.
If you have been consistent with your workouts and have eaten healthily for 4-5 days , allow yourself a chocolate bar, ice cream or pizza which you have been craving. This will not only help you to stay on track, but it will also keep you sane along the way. Our bodies may not ‘need’ the little treats to function properly, but often it feels as if our minds do! So pat yourself on the back and enjoy a small indulgence.
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With thanks to Keith Cormican for this article
Transformation specialist & nutritionist trainer