FINDING YOUR WILLPOWER TO START YOUR FITNESS JOURNEY

Are you ready to take action to achieve the body of your dreams?

The biggest barrier you may face is actually your self-discipline and willpower. 

Do you find yourself in a vicious cycle of following fad diets, binge eating, consuming a diet high in fats, carbs, and processed foods?

The yo-yo dieting, as well as a diet high in fats, carbs, and processed foods can leave you feeling tired and lethargic all the time. Then, because your body lacks proper energy, you don’t feel much like exercising. 
What’s the end result?
You guessed it!
You end up with a huge loss of willpower and you feel miserable and hopeless.
These feelings consume you and you get stuck in this rut!

You are not alone and there is hope!

You can make the change!

If you truly want to lose weight or just get fit, you first have to build the willpower to make it happen.

Here’s a list of things to consider when boosting your willpower.

1. Do it when life is going well. Waiting for something bad to happen in your life is not the time to start your journey to be healthier and more fit. Your willpower IS within you NOW. You don’t want something bad to happen in order to find it. 

  • We’ve all heard the stories about someone suffering a severe trauma, like a heart attack, and how that life event leads to a permanent change in their habits. 

You don’t need this to happen to you in order to get motivated!

 

2. Watch Your Portion Sizes. This is a great beginner tip and one that can allow you to start small. It’s hard to muster up the willpower if you’re trying to go from one extreme to another. Decide that you’re going to have the same meal tonight that you would normally eat – but give yourself a smaller portion size. 

  • One visual trick is to use smaller plates so the plate visually appears full. 
  • If you want that candy bar you normally eat in the afternoon, cut it in half or thirds and eat over a few days. 
  • Instead of two glasses of wine with dinner have one.

 

3. Give Yourself A Cheat Day. It’ll be an easier transition for you if you allow yourself some fun once in a while. Tell yourself that next Saturday you can enjoy that pizza for dinner or that chocolate cake for dessert. You’ll be less likely to give up knowing that you can eat some pizza next Saturday instead of “never.”

  • Your “cheat” day doesn’t mean “over-eat” day.
  • It means, enjoy some foods that you are limiting due to high fat, high carbohydrates, or processed. 
  • Savor the flavors of your food, even if it means having a smaller piece than you’re used to. Once you’ve finished your piece, your willpower should kick in and say “no more!”

 

4. Take Photographs. You can motivate yourself to lose weight by taking some self-portraits. We usually don’t have the best idea about how we truly look until we see ourselves in a photograph. Keep a picture with you and look at it when you feel like giving up. 

  • Update your photo often and compare them as you start to lose weight. 

 

5. Make A Food List. Write down all the foods you enjoy eating, then evaluate whether or not these items are healthy. Chances are there are at least some healthy foods that you actually enjoy eating – such as fruits and vegetables. Make sure you start buying these foods for your home. 

 

6. Exercise In Moderation. Adding exercise to your routine can also be a daunting task if you try to jump in too fast. Nobody is telling you that you need to join a gym and engage in rigorous workouts if that’s not your style. You’ll actually be surprised at how energized you can feel just by taking a 30 minute walk, three times a week.

 

7. Set Small Goals. No matter how you choose to approach your weight loss, it’s important to take small steps and remain in good spirits.Doing too much, too fast will only set you up for failure. Instead, set small, manageable goals like one pound per week. By focusing on the smaller, more attainable goal, you’ll actually see results far more quickly.

In the end, remember to reward yourself for a job well done. After all, you deserve it! Once you have mustered the willpower to succeed at weight loss, getting healthier, or just toning up, you can succeed at anything in your life!

You can start a fitness journey and loose weight if you set your mind to it!

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