Commitment is really what it boils down to. Some days you do great and others… well, not so great. But if you are committed to have a healthy lifestyle, you don’t see it as a defeat. You just pick up where you left off and keep going. And one day plus one day plus one day adds up, and you find yourself in a totally different place before you know it! So here are some keys that I myself personally have found useful:
1. Make a commitment to do whatever it takes. Commitment is more than just knowing what to do. It’s managing yourself yourself in such a way that you do it. Pretty basic, I know. But if you really get this and do it, you are on your way for sure!
2. Start from a foundation of happiness. Happiness is a mental state that can only be created right now – at any given moment. And nobody wins at any challenge if they’re unhappy. So be happy. Accept yourself and your current circumstances and be enthusiastic about the future you’re creating.
3. Design your own healthy “diet” plan. Maybe you hate meat, and I love it, but I know not to eat too much of it. Maybe nuts make you happy. There really is not one plan that works for every one; listen to your body. But remember that listening to your body doesn’t mean spontaneous gratification! Just like managing your time and money, managing your diet takes planning and organization. No matter what makes you tick, these three principles will apply to all:
~eat foods as close to their natural state as possible
~not eat any processed foods any longer
~drink more and more water
4. Manage your emotions. There is no healthy lifestyle without emotional balance. Take the time necessary to process what is going on in your life and learn how you can handle your circumstances in a healthy way. Come up with stress coping strategies and don’t neglect yourself! Begin exchanging old bad habits for healthy new ways of enjoyment and soothing yourself.
5. Find a way to exercise daily. Physical activity is healthy and one of the best mood enhancers there are. Exercise doesn’t have to be complicated or extreme. It just has to happen. Decide what kind of physical activity would be best for you and work it out with your schedule. There are great exercise videos, walking paths and a variety of gyms everywhere. Choose a time and method and make it a regular habit.
6. Keep a Journal. Writing stuff down helps you realize what you are thinking and what your needs are, whether emotional or physical.
7. Be persistent. Nothing gets accomplished without persistence. Persistence is the only common denominator of all successful people. The story goes that Thomas Edison had 999 failures before he finally invented the light bulb. If you’ve tried to lose weight and failed 999 times, learn from your mistakes and do it better next time. The only way to succeed is to persist.