Here’s a scenario, you have the goal in mind to lose several pounds before the holidays because you have a trip planned to Brazil. You get a gym membership, sign up for a couple of group fitness classes and buy a juicer. Your morning routine, choke down homemade beet/celery/quinoa concoction, pack bag with gym clothes, and grab a protein bar. The first two weeks start off pretty well, you are hitting the gym three-times a week and you can set a timer to your bowl movements (thanks quinoa).
However, you will have to change some things around next week, project due by Friday and there are two after work functions planned. No problem, you will get back on track next week. When next week roles around you only end up getting to the gym once because of some family commitments and more work functions. Four-weeks out you are totally off track, tired of cleaning the juicer blades, and annoyed by the extra weight you have to haul around each day just so you can get to the gy
m. Thinking back to those first couple of weeks you ask, “how did I make that happen?”
One of the more significant factors that separate those that are successful at weight-loss and those that aren’t is the ability to prioritize defined healthy behaviors. Think about it, there are several non-negotiable throughout your day that support your personal, professional, and social lives. For example, how long could you keep your job and friends if you didn’t attend to your personal hygiene? Regular showers are a non-negotiable for most people that want to keep their jobs and interact with other individuals.
When you prioritize self-care you make it a non-negotiable to a certain extent. This will require a better understanding of your world so you can make an AM workout happen if you have extra work to do in the evening. This also requires not allowing yourself to make excuses and understanding this is a part of who you are. When you really own healthy living as a part of your persona it permeates all areas of your life and losing weight becomes less about doing it will just begin to happen.
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