5.19.2014

How to Get Motivated to be Healthy

1. Surround yourself with healthy motivation. Nothing inspires me to make healthy decisions more than visual reminders of the benefits of living healthy. Regularly reading health magazines such as “Clean Eating,” “Shape,” “Eating Well,” and “Fitness” can really motivate you to eat better, be more active, and just have a generally more positive outlook on life. Hearing the success stories of others, and seeing pictures of delicious but healthy foods creates a positive association with living well in your mind. If you don’t want to invest in magazines subscriptions, follow your favorite health blogs on Bloglovin’ for daily inspiration. Most of the time, bloggers have instagram accounts that they update several times a day with motivating quotes, healthy meals, and daily workouts. 


2. Set measurable goals. I like to make very detailed and extensive new years resolutions. I’m talking a 3-page outline. Now, I know that might seem a little ridiculous to some people, and I know it’s definitely not for everyone, but there is something to be said for setting very specific goals. When your goals are too broad, it’s too easy to meet them. Saying you want to “be healthier” could be defined in many different ways. But saying you want to “drink 8 glasses of water each day” is something you can easily measure, and know whether or not you are meeting. Writing out your goals and keeping them somewhere where you will read them often is crucial to your success. 



3. Plan ahead. Albert Einstein once said, “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” If you want see a difference in the way you look and feel, you will have to make a few changes. One of the most important steps to establishing healthy habits is planning ahead. Create a meal plan for the week, or even the month, and grocery shop accordingly. Pack healthy snacks that you enjoy, so that you won’t be tempted by unhealthy treats hanging around your office. Plan time in your week to be active. This doesn’t have to always mean a trip to the gym- plan to go ice skating with a friend, or go for a swim. You can even try to squeeze in a short walk on your lunch break. 



4. Record your progress. It might seem daunting at first, but whatever you do, don’t skip this step. This is going to establish accountability to yourself. Keep a food diary, where you record every single thing that goes into your mouth each day. I even like to log how many glasses of water I’ve had, that way I know I’m getting enough. Keep a separate activity log to record workouts and anything above your normal level of activity. Do this for a month, and I promise you will see a difference in your motivation to be healthy. Simply knowing you will have to write it down will make you think twice before stopping through a drive thru for an order of fries. And, when you look back at a successful week it inspires you to do even better the next week. I highly recommend using an app like Evernote, because this will allow you to access this information on both your phone and computer. 

5. Introduce outside accountability. Sometimes being accountable to yourself just isn’t enough. Make it known to your friends and family that you are on the road to a healthier you. Post pictures and updates on Facebook and Instagram, and have a close friend that you talk to each week about your progress, even if it’s only in the form of a short text. Knowing that other people will see your successes and failures will motivate you to do what’s best for you. 

6. Reward yourself. Establishing healthy habits can be hard! Especially if you are making drastic changes from your previous eating habits. Find ways to reward yourself when you reach your goals by doing something you really enjoy. You can treat yourself to a pedicure, buy a new book, or splurge and go to a concert. Whatever it is, make sure it’s something that will help motivate your daily choices.

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