Getting out of shape didn’t happen overnight. It may have taken years to gain weight or lose muscle strength. It’s too easy to get discouraged and think there’s no hope if it looks like too much to handle. The key is to keep trying. Don’t quit! Your life depends on it. A few false starts doesn’t mean you should quit. Just pick up where you stumbled. Binging on unhealthy food one day doesn’t mean you have to throw away all healthy eating.
Workouts can be tough, but you can do them.
When you workout with a personal trainer, you’re never asked to do anything that’s beyond your capability. It definitely will be tough, but before long, you’ll be able to do it. You just have to keep trying. Once you accomplish that first goal, you’ll realize that you’re capable of doing anything you set your mind to doing. It will not only start to become easier, it will start to become exciting and even fun.
Eating healthy doesn’t have to mean giving up your favorite foods.
People often feel that if they eat healthy, they have to give up everything they love to eat. That’s just not true. What it does mean is that you start eating more healthy food and smaller, more infrequent portions of food you love. Don’t quit because you didn’t stop at a small serving of a favorite that doesn’t fit in the healthy list. Even the healthiest eater sometimes eats cake and all the goodies. Just go back to healthy eating the next day.
Healthy food can taste good.
Healthy food doesn’t have to taste like cardboard. In fact, there are hundreds of healthy dishes that are absolutely delicious. I had a client that gave up sugary treats and candy for an extended period. She began to notice how sweet other food was, like apples. She even noticed that there was a sweet taste to the crab Rangoon she ate and tasted the sugar in other foods in restaurants. Her taste buds had reset and she truly started tasting food. Don’t give up until you get the enjoyment of truly tasting what real food tastes like.
- Don’t be discouraged by others in your effort to get healthier and fit. Sometimes people sabotage your efforts because they worry it will change your relationship with them.
- Don’t give up if you ache after working out. It’s a good sore feeling.
- Don’t give up if you get tired when you first start. Exercise does help improve sleep and you’ll understand how when you first start out. It won’t belong before you find you have twice as much energy as you did before you started.
- Don’t give up because you think you’re too busy to workout or eat healthy. It boosts your energy and helps you think better, plus burns off stress and keeps you healthier so you aren’t spending time at the doctor.