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Tips and Motivational Advice for Keeping Fit One Day at a Time|
Copyright © 2005, Beverley Brooke
Letís face itÖ.
Losing weight and feeling great isnít easy.
BUT the journey is well worth it!
Many people commit to their health and well being
via a New Yearís resolution. Why not? The
New Year is a great time to make a fresh start and
commitment to your health.
How do you remain motivated however for an
The single most important piece of advice I can
offer you is this:
Donít give up, and pick yourself back up when
you stumble or fall.
Everyone slips here and there. Just because you
had one cheat day doesnít mean your entire fitness
and exercise program needs to be ruined.
On the contrary. Everyone slips now and again.
The key to sticking with a program is to make the slips
MUCH less frequent than the days you are
firmly committed to your program.
So have that piece of chocolate on occasion and
donít beat yourself up for it.
Here are some additional great ideas for staying
motivated throughout the year:
Donít make a habit of skipping breakfast.
You should never skip breakfast. It is the most
important meal of the day, and revs your metabolism
to burn calories each and every day.
When you skip breakfast, you are more likely to
overeat and then feel guilty later in the day.
Donít weigh yourself every day. In fact, you
should weigh yourself only once a week, and
when you do you should do it at the same time
Why? Your weight actually fluctuates a good
2-5 pounds from day to day.
Much of this is associated with fluid retention,
thus has nothing to do with your actual fat
gain or loss. Weighing yourself too often
can be discouraging rather than encouraging.
Grab a partner in crime.
Find someone that can be your Ďpartner in fitnessí.
Call them when you are feeling unmotivated,
and have them do the same.
You are more likely to stay motivated if you have
someone to lean on when times get tough.
Donít skip a workout because you are tired.
Did you know that working out will actually help
invigorate you? If you are truly exhausted,
consider toning down your workout, but never
give it up completely!
Reward yourself on occasion.
All work and no play is not the way to go
when it comes to your overall
health and well being.
Consider booking yourself for a massage
or other pampering treat each month to
keep you feeling great mentally and physically.
Last but not least, remember to take small steps.
Donít set outrageous goals. You wonít lose 10
pounds in one week, but you might lose up to 2.
Over inflated goals will only serve to defeat you
in the long run. Set reasonable goals and you will
find yourself much more motivated throughout the year!
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