1. Stop Dieting. Instead, edit the letters of that word….and EDIT what you eat…see what I did there? Editing what you eat will have a much more positive effect. Focus on shopping the perimeter of the grocery store and eat through that colorful rainbow of foods! You should be spending the majority of your time in the produce section!
2. Stop moving so fast! Literally, slow down everything.
a. If you are coming in hot every time you go to the gym, you are most likely doing more bad than good. Slow down your fitness routine for better and long lasting results.
b. If you are guzzling water, you are doing it wrong. It will all be expelled as urine and you will NOT be hydrating yourself. Sip your water slower…throughout the entire day!
c. If when you are eating, you appear like you are in a timed event you are trying to win, you’re doing it wrong. Eat slower. Enjoy the taste! You will feel fuller sooner! Shoveling food in quickly will just make you eat more than you should be.
3. Stop putting yourself on the bottom of the list. Make you a priority. You would not no-show on your boss and you wouldn’t skip your kid’s doctor’s appointment. Geeze half of us wouldn’t even dare miss our favorite show. Move your goals to the top of the list. Schedule your workout, stop and track your food intake, sit and make the meal plan for the week. All of these will help you to put you first. It’s not being selfish, it’s being smart!
4. Stop the madness! (The morning madness that is!) Plan your schedule the night before! Freeze a smoothie for a grab and go breakfast that is jam-packed with nutrients. Schedule (like actually put it in your schedule) what your fitness plan will be. If you are running crazy in the morning, it sets the tone for the rest of the day and the chaos will spill over to each part of the day.
5. Stop comparing. If you are sitting down scrolling through Instagram fitness models…that will most likely do the opposite of motivation. It’s happening and you don’t even realize it…you are SITTING! If you MUST check in on who you are following, do it during your workout! Don’t compare yourself to others, compare yourself to a better version of YOU.
– Sarah C., Assistant Fitness Director at Dedham Health