What is YOUR motivation for becoming healthy? Maybe some of these tips can help you:
1. Will a new body raise your self-confidence and improve your self-esteem? Try imagining the new wardrobe you’d put inside your closet and see if that would put a smile on your face.
2. Will your newfound health improve your most important relationships? It’s not just about pleasing our children, but what about rekindling the spark with spouses and significant others? Or, if we’re still single, maybe it will improve our dating life?
3. Will the benefits of a healthy body improve our career? Energy, mental alertness, the ability to handle stress – all these will help us perform better on the job, and maybe even get a promotion.
4. Will healthy habits improve our finances? Think of all the extra money you can save by reducing, if not downright eliminating, our smoking and drinking habits. Or the medical bills you don’t have to spend on because you suddenly felt chest pains, experienced migraine, or saw a spike in your blood sugar levels?
5. Is there a dream activity or a must-do item on your bucket list that you really, really want to do but can’t unless you are healthy? Have you always wanted to hike mountains, run a marathon, or do a mean turn in the dance hall – but find yourself struggling against obesity and an easily-fatigued body?
What are the other kinds of motivation that can finally spur you to join that weight loss program or regularly prepare and eat a nutritious meal?
Remember: it may be tough at first, but remembering your main reason to become healthy will help you stay on the course.