How was your holiday? When my husband is off, we spend New Year's with his family in Nahant. The kids are growing up though and want to do their own thing. I have mixed emotions about that. Hanging with my in-laws is a lot of fun for us, though.
|Maria and I took a walk to the "end of the Earth" (as Maria calls it) yesterday. It was so peaceful.|
|Brian makes such corny faces in pictures|
|Lunch today: Weight Watcher's vegetable soup and a protein shake. Back to basics for me.|
My friend Jackie posted sort of a "Dear Ann Landers" note on my Facebook page the other day. The woman talked about starting a diet means gaining weight. She went on to talk about the importance of being healthy and having a positive self image. I briefly talked about this here: "Content, not complacent."
The reason most people start a diet or a fitness journey / goal on January 1 is because they are not content with how they feel or how they look. They want to be healthy and ... the holidays are finally over.
Resolve to Change.
In this post, I want to talk about the importance of having the right mindset. If you want to lose weight...to be healthier...to begin or renew a journey towards fitness you need a plan. However, without the right mindset, you will fail and end up where you started.
One of the things I actually liked about Weight Watchers was attending the weekly meetings. Listening to the speaker, hearing feedback from other members, learning new strategies. It really helped me to develop a positive mindset about weight loss. Where I failed to have long term success is when I gave up. I met a roadblock, got lazy and threw in the towel.
Mindset is key
When you first set out on your journey, typically you are pumped about the new beginning. You are excited to change your life. What you must keep in mind is that change is work and work is hard, so when the newness wears off, that's when giving up is too easy.
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.
Develop your own personal mantra. What you will say to yourself over and over so you can accomplish your goals. It's what you need to rely on when the going gets tough. For me it was basic, "You have to do this, Tracey. You can't give up." Whatever it is, it should be simple and easy to remember. It's what you say to yourself when the going is good and when the going gets tough.
Keep your motivation high.
If you're on Instagram, follow people who are super motivational about fitness. Here are a couple of my favorites:
I actually subscribe to her blog. She talks a lot about running, nutrition and various things that make me smile, laugh and sometimes think.
|Elif @elifcanbulat_ (she has some awesome videos) and |
Daniella @dandxb.lovesbeingfit (she is so motivational)
|Raymond @theonlinecoach (he is super strong) and|
Chris @mma_yogi (I think he's the coolest yogi)
I often search for images on Google about fitness, weight loss and motivation. I will post these on Instagram or Facebook as a reminder to myself. Why did I want to start this journey? How am I going to stick with it? Here's my most recent search:
|These are some pretty inspirational images. Find the ones you like, download them.|
Upload them to your favorite Social media or make them the wallpaper on your PC or phone.
Regular reminders help keep your motivation high.
|This is true!!!|
Questions for you:
(Answer in the comment section below.)
Did you do anything special for New Years? What are your goals for 2016?
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