Motivation is good but here’s why goals are better.
I‘m pretty sure I don’t need to tell you that you won’t always feel like it. You wont always want to go exercise. You won’t always want to eat lean meats and vegetables. It won’t always be convenient to live a healthy lifestyle. Parties with friends and family can be tougher. You will even question yourself at times. This is where motivation fails. See motivation is great when it happens. Often times though, especially when it comes to those first steps, motivation is nowhere to be found. If that’s what your waiting for to get started, the truth is, those first steps most likely wont happen. The key is to take control and tell yourself this is happening! Okay, okay, easier said than done. Stick with me though, I want to give you a tool that will make it easier.
Commitment and goals are key.
Commitment means that when things get tough you stick with it and push through anyway. You do what needs to be done to meet your goals and do what is best for your body.
Oxford dictionary defines commitment as
When you are very deliberate and specific with your goals, you are more likely to succeed. Come the end of the year it seems everyone has the same New Years resolution. “This year I will loose the weight.” “This year I will get healthier.” “I will start working out.” etc…. If it’s everyone’s goal every year, how effective can setting THAT goal be? Not very, right? Instead try S.M.A.R.T goals. What does this mean? Well here’s the break down. This will give you a better alternative that will make a huge difference.
Setting S.M.A.R.T goals…
…will break things down into bite size chunks that are specific instead and define a specific path to reach those overall goals. When you get specific and then commit to those goals you now have a path to travel and a direction to go in. If you think about it, that’s part of what attracts us to diets. There is a plan set out for you so you instantly have a direction and a set of boundaries to follow. Only doing it this way you are laying out a plan so that you lose the weight and keep it off. There’s not unrealistic food plans or crazy restricted calories.
Motivation will come and go.
Some of my best workouts have happened when I’ve felt the most motivated and energized. It’s also when I’ve created the best tasting healthy foods. However it doesn’t always work that way. You cannot let that hold you back! You have to push forward and eat healthy anyway and do the workout anyway. Don’t give yourself the option to cheat or skip. You’ve made a commitment to this and for your own sake you need to follow through.
Cheat days are not an option!
Cheat meals however are a great tool to help you stay on track. Don’t give up pizza just because you want to be a healthier you. Just don’t eat it everyday for dinner. Choose one night a week and eat a couple slices. The difference between the two are a “cheat day” is a day of unhealthy eating and binging. A “cheat meal” is one meal where you eat a serving of your favorite food. That little bit of naughty will go a long way! It will give you one day a week to look forward to which in turn helps you put off those cravings.
Consistency is the key to making this a life style and not a temporary phase.
You will loose the weight, you will make eating healthy part of your life, you will hit 10,000 steps in a day, or whatever your long-term goal is, you will achieve it through consistency! Consistency is difficult when you are depending on motivation. I don’t want you to think I’m saying looking for motivation is wrong. I don’t believe that at all. There’s nothing wrong with finding ways to stay motivated. The problem happens when we DEPEND on it to continue making healthy choices or to get started making those choices.
it would be like waiting to go to work until you had the motivation. How often would most of us actually get in the car and go to work? We do it not because we have the motivation, we do it out of necessity and consequences. It is necessary to keep your body healthy and the consequences are disease, obesity, malnutrition, allergies, and so many more horrible things. Food is a source of fuel for a body, not a fun activity.
That doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy what you eat!
This is nothing more than a misconception. Unless, of course, you are training for a body building competition. That get’s into something a bit different. Eating healthy is often pictured as eating bland boiled broccoli and tasteless salmon or chicken breasts. I am 100% for delicious food and could in no way eat bland broccoli every day. I would probably stop eating after a while if that was my only option. My husband is a great cook and from day 1 had me addicted to using multiple spices and variety to create something addictive. He is absolutely the reason I can’t get enough avocado and linger in the kitchen while he’s making dinner! He has made me a believer in healthy food that tastes great! I would go as far as to call it crave-able.
Take some time and look at what is actually in your food instead of just the flavor or even the brand and how healthy they say it is.
It’s an eye opener and it will begin to change your perspective on food and the reason why you need to put the nutritional value of your food first. Once you’ve done that then find a way to prepare it to your taste. That’s the easy part. When you get rid of that boring bland idea of healthy and see it as creating better variety in your diet, you begin to love those foods and love the way they make you feel. If you aren’t used to eating fruits and veggies it may take some time but this is where commitment and solid goals become so important. You just have to do it! Not everyone is a chef, I included, so I use Pinterest as a resource for finding healthy recipes for just about anything you could ever want to cook. This is a way to make food taste great but do it the easy way. Chances are while your searching you can also find 10 more ways to make the same food fast and easy. Pinterest is also a great source for meal prep ideas.