10 Secrets to Lasting Weight Loss! It's time to start your journey!
Julia Havey shares her personal experiences and the secrets to her success...
As someone who is experiencing lasting weight loss, I want to emphasize that it is possible! After all your hard work to reach your health goals, here are my tips to maintaining the new you:
1. VISUALIZE SUCCESS
Dream of the life you want and visualize what it will look like, what you will be doing, how you will be living.Find a picture that best illustrates what that life will be like and place it somewhere you will see everyday. Write down on it what your life IS going to be like! You must first visualize before you can realize.
To enjoy the results of your journey, this self-improvement, you must really LOVE it. You must create a passion for healthy living in all that you do! Write down 3 reasons why you are passionate about getting healthier. Let your passion for a healthy life fuel your activities. And there's no need to go it alone. Bring along some support and find a friend with similar health goals, get fired up about it and help each other! Together, your passion will keep each other going through the rough spots.
3. KNOW THAT YOU ARE NOT YOUR BODY
For too long, we have allowed "FAT" to become a personality trait; it isn't one! Write down 10 positive adjectives that you would use to describe yourself and read them each day! Also, say my affirmation 2 times a day:
"I believe in my ability to improve my health, my attitude and my life. I am worthy of the best that life has to offer and today I have the opportunity to get closer to realizing my dreams and goals!"
Believe in yourself and be your own best friend!
4. STEP OUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE
Make the phrase, "if you keep doing what you have always done, you will keep getting the same results you have always gotten," your new mantra! Toss aside the old and unhealthful habits and take ONE step each day in the direction of a new and improved, healthy lifestyle!
5. DEVELOP A POSITIVE ATTITUDE
There are four cornerstones to the healthy house that you are building for yourself: water, nutrition, exercise and a positive attitude. Each is essential if you are going to succeed in this journey. Get happy, it will do you good! Leave any defeatist attitudes at the door!
Move your body everyday! There is nothing wrong with exercising at the level you are capable of each day, and increasing your duration, intensity and frequency as you get more fit! Do you know what the BEST exercise is?! The one you love and enjoy the most!
Dr. David Katz (Oprah's nutrition guru) teaches you to know that your body was designed to eat. So let PGX make it easier to stick with a healthy diet. Remember: “diet” doesn’t mean ‘short term restricted calorie intake plan meant to bring about frustration and temporary weight loss!' It means ‘the manner of eating indicative to the species.’ You are human so eat and enjoy your food!
Read every article you come across, every book that interests you and find a motivational program you will use. Learn about nutrition and arm yourself with proper tools to help you on your journey. There is wonderful support material available to help you--use it! And thanks to the makers of PGX: their support is free! www.PGX.com
9. REWARD YOURSELF
A wonderful synergy is created when you earn rewards for healthy living. Like Pavlov's dogs, you will seek out these and ultimately train your brain for healthy living! Make daily, weekly and monthly goals and reward yourself with non-food related prizes such as a bubble bath, a manicure, sleeping in late, or a movie night, etc!
10. COMMITMENT AND ACTION
Do what it takes to realize your dreams and goals, and if you aren't in the mood--do it anyway!
11. BONUS SECRET!
Drink 1/2 your body weight in fluid ounces of water! i.e for my 150 pound body, I need 75 ounces of water a day!
Image sources: Saleem Rana, Energy Secrets to Success, Spine Alive.