1. Make Goals That Aren’t About Losing Weight #ScrewTheScale

The goals that are the most satisfying to achieve, are when they are not attributed to weight.  Many people think “I will be happy when I am __ pounds.”  Making your happiness dependent on a number on the scale won’t help you stay motivated or make you happy.  Try goals like, “I don’t want to be winded when I walk up a few flights of stairs”, “I want to feel stronger”, or “I want to run a mile without stopping to catch my breath.”

Losing weight should be the added bonus to living a healthier lifestyle, not your sole focus.  Getting into shape is a long journey, and focusing only on your weight places may out too much pressure on yourself.

2. Be Kind to Yourself

When creating your goals it is easy to stand in the mirror and look at all of the places on your body that you don’t like.  It can then be really easy to fall into a spiral of self-hatred and depression. Creating your fitness goals should never be about making yourself feel down. When planning your goals, be kind to yourself.  Know that even though you have areas that you don’t like, every day is a step into changing how you feel and look.

3. Don’t Try to Change Everything at Once

You are more likely to see progress if you make changes slowly and consistently.  Make mini goals that you know that you can achieve.  For example, don’t try to force yourself to drink more water, exercise 4 times a week, and eat clean all that the same.  The chances are that you will not succeed because you are trying to juggle too many new changes at once.  Instead, focus on changing one item at a time, like drinking more water.  After you have made your mini goal a habit, focus on the next mini goal.  Creating small achievements along your journey will keep you engaged and motivated.

Don’t be discouraged if you forget to do your mini-goal every day.  Recognize that you have to quit your old bad habits and then look at what the cause of the speed bump was. Then plan how you are going to overcome that speedbump in the future.  Life can get messy, but your healthy lifestyle can be picked back up at any minute.

4. Be Realistic

Be honest and know what changes you can and can’t make.  Don’t plan to go workout every morning if you know that you are not an early riser.  Don’t force yourself to eat Brussel sprouts if you think they are the most disgusting vegetable to ever exist.  Don’t set yourself up to fail with goals that you already know you won’t keep.

Having a healthy lifestyle is not supposed to be torture.  Your goal is to feel healthier and better, so find the way that works the best for you, not someone else.

5. Variety

Keep trying new things until you find a system that works for you. For example, some people excel at group fitness classes, others do not.  Try different ways to work out and choose what one works best for you.  Having a healthy lifestyle is not one “size fits all”, so don’t expect your workout to as well.

As your fitness level increases, try new workouts or challenges to keep the journey more interesting.  If you find yourself stuck or plateauing, try mixing things up a bit.

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