If we want to see change, we have to change. It’s as simple as that.
If we have been doing the same thing over and over and seeing the same results, it’s time to do things differently.
So whatever it is you want to be, do or achieve, how about making that change happen today so that tomorrow you’ll see a difference?
Here are some words of wisdom, quotes and some of my own tips to help you get the motivation on a Monday…
Every Day Is A New Chance
Another Day. Another Blessing. Let's make it count!
Too often than not, we are looking into our past and dwelling over what has happened, where we went wrong and what has already gone. While it is good to reflect on what has happened, there comes a time when we need to move forward and use our energies to focus on what is ahead of us.
You have that brand new choice every morning.
People Will Throw Stones In Your Path But.....
From time to time we find ourselves making excuses that our friends or colleagues are in our way of success in living a healthy lifestyle, such as “I had every intention of eating healthy this week, but then someone bought doughnuts in the office and I felt like I had to have one,” or “I’m in a relationship now and I eat the same as my boyfriend, it’s hard.”
The fact is we are in control of our own lives, yet we try to find people to blame for our lack of commitment to our goals. No one is forcing you to eat that doughnut, no one is forcing you to eat the same amount of spaghetti and meatballs as your partner.
We make our own decisions in life and we are responsible for our own lives. So make a vow to yourself today and stop blaming others or circumstances for the position you are in.
Take control and view things from a different perspective. Yes there will be saboteurs out there but you are stronger than that. So overcome that obstacle today and become your own motivational mentor. Nothing is impossible!
Complaining Won’t Burn Calories…
Too often than not, we complain about the body we don’t have. We don’t like our legs, we don’t like our stomach, we don’t like our bingo wings and we certainly don’t like our big bottoms. Do you recognise yourself?
Yet, when it comes to do something about it, we’ll find umpteen excuses as to why we can’t get to our ideal state. We say that we are too busy with work and that we don’t have the time to go to the gym. We can’t possibly start losing weight this side of Christmas because we’ll be attending lots of parties and there will be parties on everywhere with lots of booze and food. And, well, it’s so hard to go to the gym anyway because we have to look after the family.
But if we put all the energies spent on complaining into something positive like moving and exercising, we would be halfway there. There’s really is no excuse.
Exercise doesn’t even have to mean going to the gym. A walk in the great outdoors, a jog with a friend while catching up or even playing with your family in the local park, all count towards keeping fit. And all these activities mean calories being torched!
So no complaining, just do it!
Take The First Step Towards A Healthier Lifestyle!
This applies to any fitness activity and not just running. Taking the first step toward beginning a fitness routine is usually the most difficult. We are often making excuses like, ‘I don’t have time’, ‘I already have a busy schedule’, ‘I can’t squeeze exercise in my day’. But keeping a healthy balance is key. You need to take charge of your health and adopting a can-do attitude and set yourself some realistic goals.
Regular exercise can work wonders in so many different areas of your life. You will have a better body, a positive outlook on life, be less stressed and sleep better. So make the decision today to alter your train of thought and stop coming up with excuses of why you can’t look after your health.
Take that first step towards changing your life by getting a plan in place to improve your health.Write down what you would like to achieve? What is your plan? What will success look like. And then without any further delay, put that plan into action.
Remember the first step is always the hardest but you’ll never regret it.
Think Why You Started
When we first embark on a new goal, we’re full of inspiration and totally ready for the new challenge ahead. We know why we have chosen that goal and are full of fire in our belly.
If keeping fit is your goal, you probably started off religiously sticking to your exercise regime and eating plan. But a few weeks down the line, you may have started to feel less inspired. You’re probably not quite seeing the results that you want or boredom may have kicked in and you may be thinking of throwing the towel in.
However, this is the very time when you really need to focus on why you embarked on this goal in the first place. Writing down your goal reasons is one of the easiest and quickest ways to get back on track. When you can visually see all the benefits of sticking to your goal, you will feel inspired again almost instantly. You can either stay in the place of not getting anywhere or plough ahead and keep on marching. Because those days will add up and you will eventually start seeing the benefits of your goal.
So remember, the next time you’re thinking of quitting, think about why you started.
"Take Care of Your Body. It’s The Only Place you Have to Live in"
This is one motivational quote that I hold close to my heart.
Think about it – without health we have nothing. We can’t work, we can’t eat, we can’t sleep, we can’t function – in fact we can’t do anything properly. This is why it amazes me that regardless of knowing this, it’s funny how many people only start worrying about their health when they lose it.
I want you to start looking after your health now so that it will serve you well into the future. Our health is an investment – what we put in now is what we’ll get out of it over the years. So start small, start today, and take one step today to ensure that you’re laying the foundations to better health and happiness.
Our bodies are not like possessions whereby we can go and get a brand new one when it’s not in full working order. The more we look after it, the better it will serve us. Some people like to think of our bodies in terms of putting fuel in the car – you wouldn’t put petrol in a diesel engine would you?
The same principle should apply to your body. If you nourish the body well, give it the right exercise it needs, you’ll be living in the best possible place. Statistically we are living longer nowadays so wouldn’t you rather live a more quality life rather than just hanging in there?
Treat your body with respect.
Being Healthy is a Journey Not a Marathon
Each Monday many dieters vow never to touch a chocolate biscuit, exercise three times a week and lose that weight once and for all. And then when they fall off the wagon by the afternoon faced with the waft of a Krispy Kreme doughnut, they wonder where they went wrong?
This is because we make such strict demands on ourselves they are hard to stick to. So if you’ve always approached your diet in the same way you’ll get the same results – failure.
So why not change what you are doing and resolve to eat healthy from now on? For the majority of the time, eat fresh fruit, vegetables, good fats, nuts and seeds. When you do fancy a treat remember have some, enjoy it but keep the portions in control – make this way of eating a lifestyle. Remember being healthy is a journey not a marathon.
Release Those Feel Good Hormones
Hands up those of you who have wanted to crack open a bottle of wine or rip open a packet of biscuits and scoff the whole lot just because you’ve had a bad day? I can imagine a lot of hands going up and down the country right now!
Well being in a bad mood really doesn’t have to be a curse. In fact you can turn it right around.
Next time the boss, your partner or friend has upset you, instead of swigging from the bottle and drowning your sorrow, don your trainers and head out for a workout. Studies have shown that exercise helps to alleviate stress and increase endorphins – the feel good hormones. I guarantee you will feel so much better after a workout whether that’s a gentle stroll, a run or a gym workout.
So why not give it a try next time you’re down in the dumps. You’ve got nothing to lose apart from that anger and perhaps even some weight while you’re at it!
Don’t Dwell On One Bad Day
The course of life doesn’t run smoothly. There will always be times when something happens that we are not prepared for. But this should not mean that we should get disheartened and abandon the goal we have been focussing on.
Instead, we should learn to deal with whatever life has thrown at us, learn from it, put it behind us and then move on. This is also very true when trying to lose weight. We think that if we’ve eaten something bad, we may as well give up and demolish the whole packet of biscuits.
What we should do is focus on all the progress we have already made to help us move forward. So if you’ve had a bad day with your diet, draw a line under it, and get yourself back on the straight and narrow at the next meal.Don’t let one day kill your confidence and progress.
One Pound at a Time
When we decide to take health into our hands, we tend to try to overhaul our habits all in one go. We tell ourselves we’re going to workout 3 times a week, eat five fruit and vegetables every day, and vow we’re never going to devour a triple chocolate cake at a time.
And then when we don’t see the pounds falling off as quickly as we want, we get disheartened.
We give up hope and start slacking into old eating habits and wonder what’s the point. But losing weight is not just about reaching the goal. It’s a journey to eating healthy for life. You didn’t put that weight on overnight and it won’t be coming off overnight either.
Look at your goal as ‘one pound at a time’ and it will be much easier to digest. That one pound will add up to several pounds as the weeks go by and you will reach your goal. As the saying going, ‘There is no one big mountain, there are several small steps.’
So focus on those small steps, focus on that one pound, and the rest will follow. I promise.
It’s my first ever Motivation Monday so I wanted to make it a special one and this picture felt just right for the occasion.
I want you to think of this as a new dawn, a new way of thinking from this point onwards so that you can relax in comfort, in the knowledge that you can achieve your goals. You can never move forward, if you’re too busy looking behind. Don’t let too much of yesterday take up today. It’s a new day – another chance to get it right.
So if your goal is to live a healthier lifestyle, change your relationship, or change your job, don’t dwell on what hasn’t work.
Instead see it as valuable experience and lessons learned and use them to make positive changes for the future.