There is a quote that has been used by motivational coaches.
“If you think you can, you can, or if you think you can’t, you can’t, either way, you are right.”
What we think very much affects our performance. The question is, how do you convince yourself to think the right way, particularly if it is something you don’t really want to do? How do you get 100% participation and motivation from every part of yourself?
When it comes to health, a good way to approach this problem is to ease into a healthier lifestyle through channels that appeal to you. If dance is a form of exercise you enjoy, do that. If you would rather swim than work out in a gym, then see if there is a pool in your area. If you want to get together with some girl-friends and get healthier together, then find an activity you all enjoy.
If You Have To Force It, Reconsider Whether It’s Right For You
Don’t try to fit a square peg into a round hole when it comes to health. Work with your interests. If the idea of smoothies for breakfast appeals to you more than cottage cheese or hard-boiled eggs, then find some good smoothie recipes online. You are more likely to succeed if you work with your interests rather than against them.
It’s important that you think for yourself and are authentic to what you really believe will work for you. Just because a particular diet or exercise program works for someone else, doesn’t mean it will be the best for you. It might be, but look within yourself for that inner gut confirmation that it is the right pathway for you. On a scale of 1 to 10, do you feel it is a “3”, a “7”, or a “10”. If it is a “10”, it is probably something you should consider.
If there’s something that you feel you simply cannot give up at this point, then try to find a healthier version. Do you like muffins? See if you can find something with wholegrains, nuts, raisins or other healthy ingredients. Slowly eliminate those things that you know are not good for you. You will find that as you feel better, the choice to eat alternatives to junk food or fast food will not be as difficult. When you eat a meal and don’t experience stomach acid afterwards, you will naturally want a repeat performance.
The health journey does get easier because as you experience the benefits, you will more and more want to make healthier choices. The key is to work with your interests at the beginning so you can continue long-term, and over time, the successes will compel you forward into new territory.