1. Buy a USB pedometer. Set a goal for 10,000 steps per day (about 6 miles). Walking is the cheapest and easiest way to burn those extra calories. In weight loss mode your target is to burn 500 calories each and every day.
Your best results will be achieved by posting a calendar on your fridge and checking off each day that you reach the 10,000 step goal. If exercise is truly a priority, you should only miss completing your goal 1 or 2 days out of the month.
If it’s too cold or too hot for you to walk outdoors, the next best option is to join a gym and get your daily steps on either a treadmill or elliptical machine.
2. Plan meals in advance. Keep several pre-made vegetable dishes in your fridge at all times for convenience. Remember, “Convenience = Success”.
Here’s a few of the vegetable dishes that I always have available:
3. Stay Motivated. In times of weakness, review your powerful, visual goal and take a moment to imagine yourself there. Keep a card with your goal in your wallet or purse at all times if you need to. Retraining your mind can be the hardest part of the journey.
Remember…”Whatever Is Learned Can Be Unlearned”.
If you do fail, and it’s very likely that you will, forgive yourself quickly and move on. Don’t beat yourself up. Remember that you always have a choice and you are choosing to change your habits.
Face your cravings directly and gain power over them. If your weakness is potato chips, keep a bag in the house until they no longer have any power over you. Avoid the tendency to replace one weakness with another. If you’re feeling hungry, snack on fruit, lean protein, whole grains, or vegetables.
4. Get a Partner. Change is always easier when you’re not doing it alone. It can be especially difficult if your spouse and/or family is not supportive.