Monday, July 23, 2012

SVG FIT Motivation #1 Small, Healthy Lifestyle Changes


Sitting in front of the TV all night eating cookies or chips may not always be a conscious decision, but it is a decision. We are all driven by our unconscious habits developed over time and influenced by our peers, our environment, or even our upbringing.

It doesn't have to be that way. The good news is those habits can be untrained - you have to start with small steps; just a little bit at a time. As with just about anything, changing your lifestyle in huge chunks is really just setting yourself up for dissapointment and failure.

The key is to find the things that motivate you. For me, the picture above goes a long way in the motivation department. Do I want to look like the guy on the left when I'm 40, or the guy on the right? For you, it is likely something completely different and it may be much smaller or much bigger than that.

Do COOOOOOKIES really motivate you? Do they call your name in the middle of the afternoon? If so, then start there. Tell yourself you are NOT going to have a single cookie until you walk 2 laps around the block. Then eat the cookie(s). Start small.

Before you know it, 2 laps around the block won't seem like much. Add another lap, or perhaps jog around the block twice.

The key to YOUR success is finding out what motivates YOU and offering that up as a reward for small changes. 

REMEMBER: Don't go gangbusters when trying to accomplish big changes in your life. Start small and grow big!