It is often said that success is 10 percent inspiration and 90 percent perspiration. When you’re trying to lose weight, you won’t burn a whole lot of calories by sitting around and thinking about it!
Having said that, inspiration really is an important part of the process. The following five quotes can help you renew your dedication to your weight loss goals. Write them down in your journal, or print them out and hang them somewhere prominent in your home. On difficult days, they might provide the extra little push that you need to keep striving toward better health.
“It does not matter how slowly you go, as long as you do not stop” (Confucius)
When you’re just getting started in a fitness routine, it can be tempting to become discouraged by your lack of speed or agility. Try not to compare yourself to the nimble waif dashing around the neighborhood. The important thing is that you’ve gotten started, and that you are determined to fulfill your goals. And before long, you could be the one sprinting down the street!
“Being defeated is a temporary condition. Giving up is what makes it permanent” (Marilyn vos Savant)
At some point during your personal reinvention, you might suffer a setback. You could sprain an ankle, injure your back, or give in to the temptation of birthday cake. But these are just temporary defeats; tomorrow is another day and another opportunity to get back on track toward your weight loss goals.
“Stay committed to your decisions, but flexible in your approach” (Tony Robbins)
You made the decision to lose weight and improve your health. So does that mean you have to stick with the same diet and exercise program forever? No! If you hate Zumba class, give yourself permission to try something new. If you’re tired of the same old healthy recipes, experiment with new ones. You can climb to the peak of any mountain via more than one trail.
“If it is important to you, you will find a way. If not, you will find an excuse”
This one is all about priorities. It is said that we find room in our lives for the things that are important to us. If you find yourself skipping one workout after another, or falling off the diet bandwagon over and over again, ask yourself why. It probably isn’t because you don’t have time, or money, or willpower, or any other excuse that you might give. It’s because you haven’t decided that your health is a priority, and you haven’t made room in your life for a healthier lifestyle.
“Sacrifice is giving up something good for something better”
On that note, remember why you’re on this journey. You made the choice to eat better and exercise because you care about your health. Yes, those donuts in the break room look tasty, but they will only bring you a moment of joy. A longer, healthier life will pay off for years to come.
If you need guidance or encouragement to stick to your weight loss goals, give our office a call. We can help you with expert nutritional advice, hormone testing, and other tools that can help you lose weight and keep it off for good.