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Not Seeing Changes? Stay with it!

Gym Classphoto © 2005 Christina Welsh | more info (via: Wylio) Have you hit a plateau? Or, been busting your butt working out and not seeing the results you want? Are you thinking about giving up? Don’t. We understand that it is incredibly hard to stick to a weight loss, strength or endurance goal. Over and over we will tell people that it is a lifestyle change. And it is. A lifestyle change doesn’t happen overnight. It just doesn’t! Think about the change from being single to becoming a parent, or being a college student and starting a full time career, or moving across the country. Did your mentality and lifestyle change immediately? In some respects, yes. But for those changes to happen didn’t there have to be struggles, challenges, and growth that had to take place first?

Everything we go through in our lives is a journey. Committing to a healthy lifestyle is the same way. Remember this, if you don’t change now, where will you be in a year? Whether you see results immediately or it takes time, the one thing that you do know is that if you DON’T commit to it, nothing will ever change, and in the end, it will get worse.

How do you stay committed? First of all, do not beat yourself up. If you are upset or just feel completely frustrated, cut yourself some slack. Give yourself one day off. Not a week. Take a day off, drink lots of water, get a healthy night’s sleep and promise to start your next day with new perspective.

Think back to previous attempts at losing weight or exercising. What made you quit before and are you on the same path now? If so, you’ve got yourself a pattern. Break it by figuring out what went wrong before.

Some possibilities:

• A diet that’s too strict or too difficult to follow

• Feeling deprived of your favorite foods

• Feeling tired and sore from too many workouts

• Confusion about how to exercise the right way

• Being so busy, you can’t figure out how to fit it all in

Make your own list and then figure out how to get around these issues. If the diet is too strict, make smaller changes you can live with every day. If you’re busy, try shorter workouts. Change what you’re doing until it works.

Most people fail at their fitness goals because they’re waiting for something spectacular to happen. Losing weight isn’t always a spectacular process…in fact, it isn’t even a linear process sometimes. What you may find is that you lose a little, gain a little and repeat the process again and again. There are no shortcuts to weight loss so, even if you’re frustrated that your body hasn’t changed, don’t give up! If you’re burning more calories than you eat, your body is changing, even if it’s slower than you’d like. Make sure your goals are realistic and, most importantly, that you give your body the time it needs to respond to what you’re doing.

Before you skip your workout, try these ideas to get moving:

• I’ll feel good about myself if I finish my workout

• I’ll just warm up and, if I want to stop, I can

• I’m going to dinner tonight, so I know I need this workout to balance my calories

• This workout will give me more energy for the rest of my day

• If I finish this workout, I can spend some time reading, watching TV or playing around on the computer.

Or, in all honesty, don’t even give yourself the choice. You are going to work out today. Period. It is your appointment with yourself. Time to check back in and to be healthy. You can do this. One step at a time!

Sources: http://www.exercise.about.com

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