It’s a struggle to get out of bed before the morning sun for an early run. It’s a struggle going to the gym on those days when you just don’t feel like it. It’s a struggle, enduring the pain of and torture of a tough workout. It’s a struggle pushing forward when you hit a plateau and the results stop coming. It’s a struggle saying no to that juicy slice of pizza when you’re with friends while trying to stick to a strict diet regimen. It’s just hard.
Well, guess what, my friend. If it were easy, everyone would do it. Everyone would be fit and everyone would be strutting the streets with a beach body. If you want it bad enough, you have to earn it. You have to put in the time and the effort. You have to give in to the struggle. You have to endure the pain. Because the best things in life don’t come easy. You have to believe in yourself. You have to believe you can do it because there is greatness within you. You have to alter your mentality. It is called The Weight Loss Mind Set. And here’s how you do it.
1. Get Rid of the Nay Sayers
You need to surround yourself with positive minds. People who understand your goals, share them and are willing to help you to achieve them. This will breathe life into your goals and you will start to live your dreams. Stay away from negative people with negative minds. That kind of energy is contagious. In time, it will affect you and your ability to live out your dreams. They will convince you that you cannot do it, simply because they are too lazy to do it themselves. They will make you doubt yourself, doubt your abilities, doubt your dreams and doubt your greatness. Say no to such company.
2. Talk to Yourself
Yes, you read that right: talk to yourself. You need to learn to become your own coach, your own warden. This is especially when that inner voice surfaces, telling you to quit, give up, turn to your heel, and run. You need to stand up inside yourself and tell yourself, “No! I want this, I am hungry for this and I will do this, no matter what the outcome.” I mean, what’s the worst that can happen in a tough workout or in skipping a slice of pizza? It definitely won’t kill you. And if it won’t kill you, it will make you better. This will help you become the master of your own mind.
3. Set Some Goals
Once you have the first two tips down. It’s now time to hit the drawing board. First off, get yourself some goals. Make them simple and attainable. Throw the timelines and weighing scale out the window this one, though. These are the main reasons why people quit when they hit a plateau. And you will plateau at some point. Fitness is a lifestyle, not a summer beach body mission that ends right at the onset of autumn. So, you’re in this for the long term. Learn to listen to your body instead to gauge your progress. It will tell you what to change in your regimen and when you need to change it.
4. Work on Yourself
In our generation in time, information is all over the place. New research comes out every day and the internet is packed with awesome content. Content that will help you attain your goals. From great weight loss routines to amazing supplements. It’s all out there for the taking. Learn about how your body works – stuff like anatomy, hormones and how these respond to your exercise program. Read up on success stories (genuine ones, of course) and some of the tips different people used to attain their goals. It’s amazing how much you can learn once you begin to work on yourself.