People often ask me, what is it that got you motivated to get healthy? What was it that time that was different from all the other times? What did I DO? How did I do it? How did the changes stick? How can you help me?
I could go on and on about all of the big & small changes that I made, you can read a bit more about that here if you are interested. However, it wasn’t one simple answer, but lots of little ones. But in addition to the giving up pop, taking up running and making every calorie count, I think it boils down to three simple things: Attitude, Effort and Focus. I’ll elaborate.
Attitude: I think this is *the* most important key. It’s all about your attitude and how you are approaching the changes you want to make! It should be all positivity and how you are talking to yourself. First off, if you have decided you want to get healthier, whether it’s to eat healthier or to lose weight or both, it’s a good thing, something to be proud of and excited about. Period. Don’t talk yourself out of it by saying you’ll never get there or that your belly is ugly when you look in the mirror. Focus on the positive! You should love your body and want to treat it well. As they say, it’s the only one you have.
What kind of attitude do you have when you go into something? Are you ready to take on the challenge and devote yourself? Are you able to speak kindly to yourself, even if you are having a bad day? Are you able to stay positive even if friends or family do not understand the changes you are trying to make? Get excited, be happy, love yourself and think positive! If you don’t think you can do it, or that you deserve it, you will not succeed. So get your attitude straight.
Focus: Last but not least, you must have laser focus on your goals. Making a life style change is not something you focus on for a few weeks then let slip by the way-side and expect to see changes stay. Even though I lost my 35 lbs almost 5 years ago, I still have to work at it and stay focused. I continue to try new workouts and new challenges like the recent marathon I ran. I still workout 5-6 days a week, and vacations are no longer excuses to take a week off. I still fit in activity like a run, hike, swim etc and I pack healthy food for some snacks and meals. Sure I splurge, but I am also always conscious of what I am putting in my mouth each day. Am I feeding my health and fighting disease or feeding it? Even my blogging with Metro Detroit Mommy and my Inspired Health & Fitness page keep me focused, I have people watching me. Stay focused on your goals and your health, every day. It’s worth it, believe me!
Theresa is a wife and stay at home mother of 2 boys, David (13) and Aiden (10). Her hobbies include traveling, reading, running, cooking and volunteering at MI Humane Society with the adoptable cats. She also spends her free time serving as PTO President at her son’s elementary school. She enjoys being active and is proud to have completed 4 marathons. She loves to share her passion for health and fitness with others.