We all have times in our lives where it just seems too daunting to attain our goals of feeling fit and healthy! But, I’m here to tell you that there are ways to feel successful! Here are a few tricks to try:
Measure your success in ways other than getting on the scale! Clothes that fit more loosely; having more energy in the morning, afternoon, and evening; change in body measurements; even just sticking to a goal of exercising 5 days a week for 30 minutes, or journaling your food for 4 weeks.
Remember that nothing worth having comes easily! It wasn’t overnight that you became unhappy or unsatisfied with your level of health and fitness, so don’t expect that positive changes will happen overnight. Start our slow and promise yourself to get in some kind of workout 5 or 6 days a week for at least 30 minutes (take a walk, play basketball with your kiddos, whatever you will do to be active for at least 30 minutes each day), and consistently make better food choices (i.e., have an apple and one slice of low-fat cheese instead of an apple fritter, a low-fat yogurt with a handful of almonds instead of an ice cream cone, etc.); small changes in your food will make a difference in how you feel about yourself!
Realize that no one is perfect! We all experience slip ups. It’s not the slip up that counts, but what you do after the slip up. Recommit to better food choices and get up and move! And remember, if you slip up, don’t give up and binge out of guilt; just start over as soon as possible.
Make yourself a priority! You will be a better wife and/or mother by taking care of yourself. Carve out at least 30 minutes to do something that gets your heart pumping and your sweat going (like everything else in your life, put the 30 minutes in your schedule).
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Keep working toward your goals! Your “PEAK” is attainable! I believe in you!