How many times have you wished that you had pushed yourself to go to the gym? How many times have you regretted eating that extra slice of pizza or allowing yourself to indulge in a sweet treat that is loaded with all of those dreadful “bad fats”? If your anything like me, then I would say a lot. I decided that it was time to stop wishing for a change and start making it. I knew it was going to be difficult, because like most changes, they do not happen over night. I knew it was going to take some kind of routine in order for it to stick.
Did you know that it only takes 21 days to make a habit? That’s right – Only three whole weeks, out of one single month, in an entire year. Hmm, maybe I can do this. If I expect to make this change long-term, then what’s 21 measly days?! I told myself that it was time to make myself a habit. Eating clean and maintaing a proper fitness regimen was going to be difficult, but it CAN and it WILL be done.
After doing some research on what it takes to make a habit, this is what I’ve come up with ….
1. Make a goal, but keep it simple. Let’s be realistic, everyone. We ALL know that we CAN NOT devote EVERY single day to the gym (Which, in fact, you shouldn’t. Your body needs resting time). Same thing goes with food. Heck yeah, I’m gonna need some kind of cheat meal/snack here or there. Small cheats are allowed in moderation, but keep in mind what’s more important to you.
2. Keep that goal by making it a priority. If you want it bad enough you’ll find a way, otherwise you’ll find an excuse.
3. Talk it out. Studies have shown that having simple conversations with others about your lifestyle change will keep you motivated and on track with your goal. Also, if you are being held publicly accountable, you are more likely to stick to it.
4. Write it down. A piece of paper with a resolution on it isn’t that important. Writing THAT resolution IS. Writing makes your ideas more clear and focuses you on your end result.
5. Reward your successes. As each week passes and your goals have been turned into accomplishments, reward yourself. Find a simple, non-threatening to your goal, type of reward.
6. Do it for yourself. I feel this is the most important. In order for you to love others, you need to love yourself first. Love yourself enough to make yourself a habit.
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