During their quest for a healthier, better lifestyle, I often hear people asking others for the magic formula to get them motivated. It’s easy to find one million excuses every day to behave in a way opposite to what is necessary for becoming the new YOU. However, there are proven methods that can help you adopt the right habits as part of the process for making your goals a reality. What can get in the way is a desire to get to the finish line as quickly as possible. You can be too eager for your friends to see that you are no longer that discontented, always tired person they were used to seeing.
One of the best ways to become motivated and stay on track is SIMPLICITY; make things as easy as they can be. Plan things around what you can do rather than around what you can’t. Remember that fast-paced goals are doomed for failure. You can’t trick your mind, your body, and even less your soul. Incorporate any sort of movement activities gradually, cut out one or two sweets per day (i.e., candy bars, sodas, desserts), go to bed 15 minutes earlier, and pick up a book you want to read for 5 minutes a day. After this start, aim for incremental progress. Add body weight resistance exercises that do not need equipment or gym memberships, replace carbs for more protein sources and learn some breathing techniques to practice at your desk at work.
The race for the new you is only between you and you, not between you and that person next to you in the spinning class or the celebrity who openly talks on social media about her “success” losing weight and getting leaner. To everyone who has decided to take one further step toward better and healthier living, keep in mind that before we run, we must crawl and then walk. So do not let the scale or your jeans fitting serve as the judge of your quest to be fit. Make every action you do count toward one goal: your happiness. Do not let Internet propaganda cloud your vision. Internet sites only show you what they want you to see. “The Biggest Loser” producers do not show the endless, miserable hours they spend every day beating those participants to death. All they care about is that big scale. the pounds that are shed and the happiness that is portrayed in every episode. The next time you need motivation, picture you, the new YOU, that person whose life will have more energy, stamina, strength and joy necessary for conquering the world every day. Quick and extreme measures will take you to one place only: the cliff of misery and failure. However, the extended route is more likely to get you to your final destination: the promised land of the new YOU.
Juan P Gomez