How many times have you decided to overhaul your lifestyle in order to lose weight and get fit, only to abandon your efforts in a few weeks or after only a few days? How many times have you lost weight on a quick fad diet, only to find that once you started eating normally you put the weight and probably more back on?
There are many reasons this may have happened. Talking to friends, family and TEAM SWEAT members what I have identified as being a major contributing factor is not developing a “HEALTHY LIFESTYLE MINDSET”.
A healthy lifestyle mindset will keep you moving forward and making progress in your efforts to lose weight and get fit even when you hit hurdles in your journey.
So what does a healthy lifestyle mindset look like?
- Accept Yourself for Who You Are
One of the unfortunate parts of society these days is the ease in which social media allows you to compare yourself to other. How they look, what they have, etc. Everybody is unique and you need to focus on yourself and who you are that makes you unique and not to compare yourself to others. Appreciate your life and let others worry about their own.
- Eating Healthy = Feeling Healthy
To achieve a healthier mindset and outlook on life as well as generally feeling great you need to eat healthy nutritious food. Food is fuel. It helps with general health and wellbeing, concentrate better, sleep better and get the most out of your training. Respect yourself by eating what your body deserves – FRESH NUTRITIOUS FOOD.
- MOVE. MOVE
This is so important! As much as I dislike the Pokemon GO phase (please let it be a phase) It has got people moving. You don’t need to run 10kms a day or smash out huge sessions in the gym. Just aim for 30mins of movement 5 days a week. Walk in your lunch break, take your dog for a walk, ride your bike or skateboard. JUST MOVE!
Just as much as eating nutritious healthy food and moving is important don’t forget to rest. Having a regular bedtime and sleeping for the required amount of time for you to rise the next morning feeling well rested and ready to go is essential. (Ok side note here – I have a toddler who doesn’t sleep well so all the mums out there try your best, compensate with coffee and dreaming of a day where regular sleep will be part of your life again).
- Surround Yourself with Positive People
This is one of the most important elements. Ever worked in a job where there was that one person who always complained and was negative. Ever noticed how it spread and for every negative comment that person made it took five to rectify it. Negativity can have a harmful impact on your life. It can drain you of energy quickly. Steer clear of the drama and socialise with friends, family and work mates who are up-beat, positive and supportive of you. You will find quickly this will have a positive impact on your outlook on life and reinforce the healthy decisions you are making.
- SELF TALK
As much as surrounding yourself with positive people will have a healthy impact on your life remember the most important positive person in your life is YOU! We are conditioned not to compliment ourselves. As aussies we are always taking the piss and laughing at our faults. Well from now on complement yourself. If you beat a personal best on the treadmill or eat only healthy nutritious food for the entire day pat yourself on the back. Be proud of those achievements and tell your friends. As all the people surrounding you are positive they will celebrate your achievements with you (probably take the piss a bit but mostly celebrate).
- Appreciate the Small Things
Always appreciate the small things. Acknowledge your good days, accept and appreciate compliments you receive, enjoy the sunshine coming through the clouds. Be thankful for your health and your loved ones. We take the small things for granted when they are really the most important. Life is not about the destination it’s about the journey. Had to at least have one annoying saying in here, but its true.
Having a HEALTHY LIFESTYLE MINDSET is all about creating a life you love. So don’t compare yourself to others, respect your body and eat nutritious food, move more in your day, listen to your body and rest when you need to, be positive and surround yourself with positive peeps, and most importantly take the time to appreciate the small things x