I can’t force myself to do it! How do you find the energy? The frequent words I hear by people I talk to on regular basis. The question that I’ve been asked a lot is how I motivated myself to start a healthier lifestyle? What finally made me start exercising and eating healthier? How to get motivated to stop the bad habits and just start?
Difference between feel-good-now and feel-good-later
- Don’t you crave chocolate and cakes, and fries and all that?
- I can’t stop binge eating, I hate myself!
- I want to lose weight, but I can’t force myself to start. Nothing is really motivating me.
- Each day I say I will eat better and then binge away! I don’t want to give up all that yummy food!
- I can’t find the time!
Every change starts with a decision. However, making that decision can be really hard. Feeling instant comfort from food is often times stronger than the possibility of feeling good in a month, something a lot of emotional eaters can identify with. Getting out of that vicious circle seems so intimidating, especially if in the past you went through diets and gained it all back (and then some). Thus, making the decision to avoid that instant comfort is hard. Thinking about the consequences though can be the turning point for a lot of people.
- instant comfort from food leads to guilt, and consequently often to negative self-talk, lower self-esteem and possibly health issues such as diabetes.
- avoiding comfort from food and building a healthier relationship with yourself and your body creates higher self-esteem and lowers health problems.
Feeling good now vs Feeling good later for longer!
I am sure all of you want to feel good and full of energy for a long long time.
Well, guess what? You’re only a walk away from starting to get there.
How I found my motivation
Being an emotional eater myself, the decision to actually make that first step was difficult, even after I heard the news that I have diabetes. The first thing I did was to make a decision that I need a change and made my ultimate goal list to introduce fitness into my life, my so-called ‘why’ list.
My fitness motivation list – my ‘why list’
- keeping up with my son – I have a turbo toddler, so I better be a turbo momma.
- I want to keep my health and diabetes under control as long as I can – I want to be around for my family and friends more than I want that piece of cake
- Reducing my stress level is my priority
- I want to live a happier and healthier life
How to start?
- Make a decision – as with any other bad habits, you are the one who has to make the decision you want this. No one else. You! I know it is hard to make this step. I also know you want to feel good. No food in the world felt the way getting off insulin did. Or climbing the stairs I had trouble climbing since high-school.
- Make your ‘why list’ – it can be an event, overall health, weight loss, wellness
- Set a small goal but dream big – give yourself mini goals to keep you focused, for example: to walk to work with ease, to lose 5lbs (2,5 kg) in a month etc. These are reasonable and completely achievable goals.
- Start moving – begin by taking short walks, 20 – 30 minutes a day. You do have time for it. Days are getting longer, and if you just spent a certain amount of time going through your social media feeds I am positive you can spend that exact same time walking. You will feel good! You will be proud of yourself! Comforted by the fact you did it! And cut one unhealthy food for the first week. You can do it. I promise!
- Start your way towards eating healthier – going on a completely new diet can be frightening. Start by cutting one group of unhealthy foods and introducing more of healthy choices. You don’t need that bag of chips or that can of soda.
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