Your body has a comfort zone or set-point when it comes to being at a certain bodyweight. In order to decrease that set-point requires you to make some changes in your lifestyle habits (i.e., eating six small meals daily, sleeping seven hours nightly, exercising at least three days weekly, etc.). Lifestyle habits are not easy to change and the reason is because it requires you to internalize what needs to happen. This means you need to mentally and emotionally prepare yourself to achieve your goal of losing weight. I know this is easier said than done. So to help you become successful at achieving your weight loss goal, I've provided an exercise for you to do to get you going on the right track:
You'll need to develop strategies to conquer these bad habits by replacing them with good habits. The key to replacing bad habits with good habits is an ongoing process that takes time and effort. You should choose no more than two bad habits per week to attack with new, positive habits so as not to feel overwhelmed and yet foster commitment. Incremental changes are recommended. For example, commit to getting to bed one-hour earlier each night to ensure you get at least six hours of sleep rather than five. Another example would be to walk an additional fifteen minutes from your normal fifteen minutes to get 30 minutes of cardio exercise daily. Understand that it takes work to replace bad habits with good habits. It is a gradual process but the rewards are well worth the time and effort. Do not strive for perfection as you will inevitably become disappointed when your expectation far exceeds that of reality. Be patient and remember that becoming and staying fit requires a lifestyle approach.
The takeaway message here is that your mind controls your body. If you believe strongly in the power of your mind, then no amount of adversity can detract you from accomplishing your goal! Remember this:
The difference between failure and success is perseverance!
Brian Danley, CFT
"Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going."
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I'm a personal trainer who loves to help others fulfill their health and fitness goals. I consider myself a bodybuilder in that I live the lifestyle of eating healthy food, working out regularly, and sculpting my body.