It’s been said that reaching your fitness goals is 80% diet and 20% exercise. I’d argue that it is 100% mindset! Without the right mindset, you will fail every time.
The problem with motivation is that it is temporary. It needs to be fed all the time for it to be effective. While motivation is fantastic, I’m going to urge you to seek inspiration. Inspiration is the difference between losing those 10 lbs before your wedding, and being fit for life. Those who view health and fitness as a major life priority, rather than a luxury, are INSPIRED, not motivated. Here are some things to do to find your inspiration and some motivation along the way.
Make your health your #1 priority. What’s the most valuable commodity on Earth? Time, money, family? I’d argue health. You can’t experience the beauty of all of those things without good health. Your time becomes shortened, your money is spent on medical bills (or saved because you’re too sick to explore), and your family time is tougher on everyone when you’re sick. The truth is that health is what makes everything in life so beautiful. So health shouldn’t just be important to you, it should be the most important thing in your life. And don’t just say it, live it.
You go to work every day, right? If you aren’t exercising or eating healthy every day, that tells me that work (probably because of money) is a higher priority. No need to quit your job or start taking days off. Just know that you obviously have the inspiration to go to work every day, regardless of if you feel like it at the time or not. So you can do the same with health and fitness. Don’t make it a “should do”. Make it a “have to”. You’ll be so glad that you did.
Next, you need to find a support system. The sad fact is that 50% of Canadians are either overweight or obese. Another fact is that we ‘mold’ in to the people that we spend most time with. If you’re spending most of your time with people who have poor eating habits and no exercise routine, it’s going to be tough for you to establish a healthy lifestyle on your own.
There’s no need to ditch these people from your life. Of course, let them know that you want to make a lifestyle change. Encourage them to do the same, but at the very least, ask that they respect and encourage your decision as it’s very important to you.
Ideally, you want to find a group of people who share the same goals as you. As a group, you should encourage each other and hold everyone accountable. Find a fitness coach who not only gives you all the tools you need to succeed, but makes sure that you’re doing everything you told them you’d do. A support system is extremely powerful, and probably one of the biggest reasons why our Bootcamp churns out such amazing results.
So, the key point I want to drive home here is that you need to see health and fitness as a lifestyle. This won’t be an easy path, but it will be worth it.
If you have no idea where to start, just send me a message and I’d love to help out.