Envision the You You Want to Be – Specifically
A few management theorists have taught us, “begin with the end in mind.” This could well be the method that sees you through to your fitness goals more effectively than New Year’s resolutions.
When you can see clearly what you want to look like, what you want your blood pressure , serum cholesterol, heart rate, or blood sugar measurements to be, then you’ll have a much better way of achieving them. One reason is that when you can see your intended outcome, you can begin to imagine what you are going to feel like when you get there.
And that combination of visualizing and feeling your goal can prove to be a powerful guide through the ups and downs of your path to fulfillment.
Imagine All You’ll Have to Celebrate
Think about how you’ll feel when you’re wearing that dress you’ve been avoiding, once you’re happier with your look. Plan for the hairstyle that’ll suit you then.
Your most trusted friends can become a source of shared inspiration, helping keep you confirmed in your commitment, if you share your vision and your journey with them. Sharing your vision and the feeling you expect to have when you achieve it with the ones who matter most to can become a natural part of your program.
You Can Plan to Enjoy the Journey
Your whole goal is likely to be long-term, but don’t wait until then to enjoy it. Notice that you’re standing straighter in the checkout line and feeling your stomach muscles’ embrace. Your feet feel more solidly connected to the floor and the power of the earth seems to flow up through your legs. If you pay close attention, this might be a feeling you get after days, not months, of practicing a safe and moderate regimen.
Share the Journey, Too
As you share your vision with your dear ones, you might be surprised how your outlook is sunnier, your ideas more creative, and your conversation more engaging. Your friends or family can share that glow and enjoy the difference you are creating in your life. There’s much to enjoy before you “get there.”
While some folks prefer the quiet and concentration of exercising solo, others find it more motivating and enjoyable to have a workout buddy, or a healthy eating partner. Rather than being a complication, this connection cans sometimes be just the encouragement you need to stay on track.
Eating Healthy Doesn’t Have to be a Pain
Far from feeling starved, many people find that losing weight may include eating more often. Having breakfast is shown to help prevent undisciplined eating later in the day. Going many hours between meals can cause blood sugar to crater, and prompt cravings for things that aren’t good for you. So, a well-planned snack midmorning and mid-afternoon can be a step toward lower numbers on the scale. More occasions and wiser choices go together in planning a diet that supports your fitness initiatives. And don’t be too concerned if you feel hungrier at first.
Part of Mother Nature’s sense of humor is that our feeling of fullness when eating is actually delayed by 10 to 20 minutes. Know your portions and make up your mind to be satisfied. Be happy, and your appetite will adjust.
Set Signals of Success
No matter what fitness regimen you choose – from walking to pool aerobics to running to weight training – there is progress you can notice all along the way if you pay close attention. In fact, awareness of the body is one of the benefits you can expect to get – and keep – from this path you’re on.
Setting an achievable, short-term goal, such as exercising moderately four days this week, and then meeting that goal, gives you more than muscle strength. Knowing that you can do what you set out to do puts power on your side.
We can help you select the right path for you, and make sure you’re prepared to enjoy it safely. To schedule an appointment with us at Global Family Medicine, call us at 843-815-6468.