Falling down doesn’t equal failure. We all stumble, each path has its twists and turns. What shows strength of character is being able to stand back up and start again, take a step back if needed or change paths. We’ve all heard from someone ‘if I can do it, then you can too’. Is it that easy? Sure everyone has the ability to do it but the difficult part is finding what gives you the strength to stand up. What tools can you can use to motivate yourself to move forward
Last year I lost 20lbs through hard work, dedication and educating myself in nutrition and I felt unstoppable! Then a month ago I got the flu and I was knocked out for three weeks sleeping between 15-17 hours a day. I lost muscle mass, fitness and dedication. I started eating ice cream nearly daily as it helped my sore throat and process foods because I didn’t have the energy to cook, well that was my excuse to myself! So what happened? I put on 8lbs! I crave sugary foods and I was scared to go back to the gym because I felt fat and I wasn’t as strong as I once was. I feared people would judge me but the only person judging me was me.
I’m resetting the marker.
I have done it before so I can do it again. I CAN DO IT… I CAN DO IT… I CAN DO IT… I CAN DO IT. Tell yourself you can do it enough times, guess what you believe you can. That belief has power! It has strength!
The body craves what we give it and it takes 21 days for the body to learn a new habit, so let’s teach it good habits.
These are my tools to becoming a healthier, fitter, stronger and happier self.
- Fitbit – being able to see my steps, heart rate, input my food/drink to see that not only what I am eating is nutritious but I’m burning more energy than I’m giving my body.
- The gym! I love the gym, it is my safe place, my therapy but often when it comes to 5pm after 9 hours at work it can be the last place I want to go. I tell myself, just go in, do 10 minutes on the treadmill and then you can leave. 9 times out of 10 I’m in there between 45 – 120 minutes, doing classes, boxing, HIIT or weights. Find your physical activity, what do you enjoy doing, there isn’t any point slugging it out in a gym if you hate it because you’ll give up. If jogging in the park or walking home is your thing, do that! It’s all physically activity.
- I know that my bad food trigger is boredom. So when I look at the vending machine opposite my desk I ask myself ‘am I hungry enough for an apple’ if the answer is no, then I don’t eat anything. If it is yes, then I have an apple.
- Sleep plays a huge part in weight-loss and I make sure I get between 7-9 hours a night.
- Changing how you look at yourself is the most important step when it comes to starting any self journey. I stand in front of the mirror and I tell myself what I like about myself and as my body changes I have more things to like. Doing this is no easy task! It took me years to accomplish it. I started off with my eyes, then moved onto another body part and than another and so on.
So here I am back to week 1! Feel like joining me? Then why not start your journey today.