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How do I hold on to my dream of having a fit, healthy body?

You can stay connected to your dream of having a fit, healthy body in two different ways:

Hard way: Discipline yourself to Count calories, stick to your exercise plan, glue beautiful body posters on your walls to remind yourself about your goal etc.....

Easy way: Don't let yourself be eaten up by the fear of not having the fit, healthy body of your dreams, Instead focus on enjoying the sport or activity that you always wanted to try. Dream about improving your physical skills. You don't need to be an Olympian, because you are just competing with yourself. The stronger you get, the more you will enjoy it. Wanting to get stronger often leads you to eating more mindful and making all the healthy changes in your eating habits. Soon you won't really need a reminder to keep moving, because the pleasure and satisfaction of getting stronger thrives you towards getting more.

It's always helpful to surround yourself with positive and like minded people. Being a part of a community with similar goals is always a plus.

It won't take too long that you notice the changes in you! You are getting The healthy, fit body of your dreams while enjoying the new lifestyle. Getting fit and healthy doesn't have to be miserable. It's possible to get to the destination while enjoying the journey.

You can keep that dream alive by making small changes that will get you towards that goal. If your goal is to be fitter and healthier, then making small gradual changes can get you there and help you keep your dream alive. Start by being more active, get a pedometer and make a goal of increasing how many step you take by 1,000 a day. Once you’ve reached this goal add 1,000 more until you’re at 10,000 a day. There are lots of small easy ways to get more active like parking further away from the office or store, taking stairs instead of the elevator all can contribute to you getting a fit healthier body. Do the same thing with your diet, make one small change like adding a piece of fruit each day to your diet, and once you’ve mastered that make another small change. 
First acknowledge that a fit, healthy body doesn't have to be a dream; it can be a reality. Set daily attainable short term goals for yourself that include making healthy food choices; drinking more water; incorporating more exercise or movement into your daily routine. Enlist the help and motivational support of friends and family and health professionals who support your goal to be fit and healthy and will keep you going when you encounter difficult days. Start each day with a fresh positive attitude regarding the healthy lifestyle you have chosen for yourself and don't allow yourself to give up when you "get off track". That happens to everyone at time or another due to life stresses and challenges. The most important thing is to just get right back on track with your plan and always keep the faith!

Having a fit, healthy body does not have to be a dream. Once you figure out how to live the fit life, then your dream can become your reality. First of all, you need to learn to control your calories. This is the number one problem people face. If you are unsure of approximately how many calories you need in a day – try this simple trick of taking your goal weight and multiply it by 10. For example, if you want to weigh 140 pounds – your calorie goal each day should be 1400 calories! 

Next you need to learn to fit movement into your regular routine. You can do this by adding simple things into your day like: 

  • 10,000 steps!  You can simply add more steps in each day by taking the stairs instead of the elevator or walking around your couch while you watch TV.
  • Add exercise into your day by doing things like lunges down the hall or getting up from your desk every hour to do a set of 20 squats.

Remember that each day is limitless, flawless, and holds unlimited potential……it is your choices in each moment that will shape your dreams and help turn them into your real life. Simple adjustments really add up and will have you on your way to your dream of having a fit, healthy body.

Pam Grout
Alternative & Complementary Medicine

Changing your weight requires faith. Especially on those days when you look in the mirror and want to scream. Those days when you hate your hair, your eyes have bags, and your complexion is so splotched you might as well get out your eyebrow pencil and play dot-to-dot.

This is the time to remember the Nobel Prize winning study about the cats that had been exposed to nothing but horizontal lines when they were kittens. After weeks of horizontal lines, they could no longer recognize vertical lines and literally bumped into chair legs. You're an expert at picking out things you don't like. Everything else gets filtered out. Your beauty is not even recognizable - at least to you.

This is the time to exercise great discipline. You must guard against chastising yourself, feeling awful about who you are. What you put energy into will expand.

Lie to yourself if you must. Tell yourself you look beautiful. If necessary, don't look in the mirror again that day. Ask someone else to verify that your part is straight if need be. There's no reason to make you miserable.

Concentrate instead on the beautiful things about your personality. Your kindness, for example, or the extra hours you put in so a co-worker could have the day off. This is also the time to go on a treasure hunt. Yes, you can always find something about your looks that you like. Your eyes, for example. Are they bloodshot? Good, you have beautiful, bright eyes. Are your feet still size eight and a half, making shoes very easy to buy?

Focus on those little things, no matter how insignificant they might seem. What you focus on will expand. By the same token, if there's a day you feel particularly thin (c'mon, there are plenty o f those days and you know it), spend ample time enjoying it. Admire that beauty. It's only going to get better.

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A fit and healthy body is something anyone can have, you just have to put the work into it. The thing you have to remember is that you must make time for your dream to have the body you want. It is all about time management. We all live crazy busy lives so schedule your workouts accordingly. Set days and times for yourself to make sure you get your workouts in. Another thing is to hold yourself accountable to your goals. Make sure you are tracking what you are doing like we all do on here with the food tracker. Also having a support system in place is always good too. Friends, family, co-workers to help keep you motivated is great. If nothing else meet with a fitness professional to help guide you if you are struggling. Remember nothing is ever perfect and you may have setbacks. That is what the learning process is all about. Just stay focused and remember with heart and dedication you can achieve anything.

If you really want to hold on to your dream of having fit, healthy body, try turning the dream into a reality with the following technique: a vision board. 

A vision board is a useful tool used to bring clarity and concentration to a specific goal. A vision board is an empowering tool that captures your dreams on paper. Quite literally, a vision board can be any sort of board on which you display images representing what you want to be, do or have in your life. 
 
In the example, “I want a fit, healthy body,” take some time and give serious thought to exactly what that means. Try to envision what your fit, healthy body actually looks like. For some, a fit, healthy body means toned abs, or strong arms. It may mean lower cholesterol, a normal blood pressure. Others may want to look like they did before they had kids, or before work life and eating on the run caught up to them. Cut images from magazines, glue old photos of your body when you liked it, cut images of healthy food from the newspaper. Creating a vision board is a wonderful way to bring clarity to that dream and to finally making it a reality.

Once you dream it, the next step is to truly believe it. In addition to images, try including words, phrases or sentences that affirm your intentions. Silence the little voice in your head that tells you: “you can’t, you shouldn’t, you have failed at every other attempt.” Affirmations are that little voice’s worst enemy. Affirmations express that you really are, release you from those limiting beliefs, and allow you to know that the possibilities really are unlimited.

Finally, vision boards serve to help you stay focused. Your fresh “new me” attitude can sink back into old sabotaging habits as the tasks and challenges of everyday life get a hold of you. No matter what happens during your day, your vision board is a constant reminder of where you intend to be. A vision board can work wonders toward keeping your mind focused on your goal, your attention on your intentions, and your life headed in the direction you decide.

 

One can not only hold on to, but also accomplish having a fit and healthy body by setting specific goals in addition to staying accountable with motivating people. 

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