Before you start changing anything, you should answer a very difficult question: “What is it that you really want to accomplish by changing your lifestyle?”
Answer the question “why”
Think about the benefits you experience when you exercise regularly and follow a healthy diet. It is important to think about outcomes “here and now”. It will take some time to get the slim figure you want, but your job is to identify tangible benefits for which you do not have to wait long. For example:
- etter sleep
- more energy every day
- improved strength (as measured by the number of repetitions or by the progression of weight/distance)
- freedom from abdominal pain
- high self-esteem that comes with the achievement of goals
Imagine what the effects will be if you regularly achieve your objectives:
- Good shape, which will allow you to make quick decisions with confidence (for example, when friends propose a kayaking trip, you will not need to look for excuses not to go, for fear of being weak)
- Better figure
- A fit body will make more activities possible (for example, travelling can be even more interesting when your fitness allows for active sightseeing, inaccessible to people who lead a sedentary lifestyle)
Focus on the benefits you feel when you exercise more and follow a healthier diet. Keep in mind the overarching purpose of your efforts.
Good old self-discipline
As a dietitian, I am often asked: “where do I find the motivation to act?” In fact, you don’t need to look for any motivation. Its source is within you. If you care about changing certain areas of your life, you cannot rebel against the necessity… of making changes.
At the beginning of the road to a healthier lifestyle, there will be many changes. Even with a realistic plan tailored to your abilities, life will become harder after this decision.
Everything that’s new and unknown requires a lot of commitment – it takes time, energy and mental resources. Your thoughts will revolve around food and training schedules, greater effort will go into shopping and many other things that you never needed to think about.