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How can I make a strategy to help me reach my fitness goals?

Say motivating things to yourself. In their book Motivational Interviewing, William Miller, PhD, and Stephen Rollnick, PhD, explain how counselors can use motivational techniques to help people reach goals, such as quitting smoking or losing weight. While working with a counselor can be powerful, there are powerful ways to talk to yourself as well. Ask yourself: Why does reaching this goal matter to me? How will I feel when I reach my goal? How ready am I to do what needs to be done to get the changes I want? Just accept your answers; don't judge them. Your inner self is already moving closer to your goal. For more motivation, post encouraging notes or images where you'll see them often. Or set up motivating reminders on your cell phone or mobile device.

Start thinking of yourself -- and picturing yourself -- as a fit person. This may take some positive self-talk at first, but if you see yourself as fit, you're more likely to eat right and exercise, even when temptation strikes. Meanwhile, you’ll be well on your way to truly being healthier and having the body you want!



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