Say it with me now!
Definition: Careful and persistent work or effort.
Stick-to-it-ness! Diligence is the key factor in your weight loss success. It’s doing the things you need to do to move toward your goal each and every single day. Diligence is what carries you through, when the results are slow and the motivation is lacking. Here are my 4 tips to making sure that diligence becomes a part your daily lives!
1.Devise a Fail Proof Plan
Take some time and PLAN your success. Your plan needs be detailed directions of how your day will go in order to achieve your goal, but also needs to be simple enough that you can execute it every day. If you work full time and have children, a plan to workout 2 hours a day and prepare elaborate recipes is probably not ideal. A good plan for a super busy person may be a meal plan with 3 healthy and simple meals and 3 healthy and simple snacks, then a 30 minute workout DVD in the morning before work.
2. Auto Pilot
Once you devise your fail proof plan, write it out and keep it with you. Memorize it! You need to be able to do your plan on auto pilot. Know your plan like the back of your hand so that even when life throws curve balls you can still get it done! It is much easier to get something done when know exactly what to do.
3. Envision Yourself Having Achieved Your Goal DAILY!
Place yourself as your new self every day! Motivation fuels diligence. Placing your mind actually inside your new body gets you excited about the journey to actually getting there. Every time you take steps toward your goal (your fail proof plan), you are more and more that new body! Don’t look to the end, look to the now! Live as your new self will live and the body will catch up!
4. Push Through Until You Have a Habit
From the beginning, make a commitment to yourself to push through and execute your plan for at least 2 weeks. They say it takes around 21 days to form a habit but I think that you will be doing yourself a big favor if you fight to stick to your plan for 2 weeks.. It’s short enough to actually do what you say you will do, but long enough to see some results and keep going afterward from your motivation. Nothing says “keep going” like seeing a few pounds lost on the scale or pulling the measuring tape a little tighter! In my experience, after the first two weeks, my plan seems much easier to follow because I have had a few ups and downs with it and feel confident that I can keep on going regardless. I bet you will feel the same!
Are you diligent?
What ways do you make sure that you are working toward your goal every day?
Please share! And I hope you are exercising diligence today! 🙂
Here’s a little food for thought to take you into the weekend.
Focusing On Addition Instead Of Subtraction
Whether you are cutting calories or just revamping your diet in order to lose some weight and get in shape, it is easy to get blindsided by thoughts of subtraction.
“I can’t have my favorite dessert anymore.”
“I can’t have a drink to relax whenever I want it anymore.”
“I will no longer be able to indulge as much as I want on the holidays.”
“I can no longer enjoy a movie with a bucket of popcorn.”
“Nights out with my friends will no longer be fun because they are eating all the fun stuff and I am not able to indulge as often.”
This thinking is a sure fire way to NEVER make a a healthy change and NEVER meet your goal!
Instead, fill your mind with thoughts of addition. Just like being grateful for the things you are blessed with in life can completely change your attitude and outlook in life, filling your mind with thoughts of addition can change your attitude and outlook toward your weight loss and fitness goals! When you are excited about what you are doing, it makes the journey a whole lot smoother!
Thoughts of Addition
Instead of thinking about how hard the journey ahead of you is, focus on how exciting it will be getting to the new you. Envision yourself at the end having achieved your goal. If it is weight loss, Set your mind inside that new you and even think of yourself as that new you. Know that every step you are taking is bring you more and more into that new body! No more hoping to be fit one day, you are living fit RIGHT NOW!
Instead of focusing on all the things that you won’t be eating, focus on all the things that you will be ADDING to your life making it the full, healthy life you always wanted and shuttling you to your end goal of your goal weight, new jeans, or life without medication.
Here are some thoughts to focus on!
I feel awesome now just after typing those! When we focus on thoughts of addition, we crowd out the thoughts of subtraction. There is simply no mind space left for them to fit!
Do you focus on thoughts of addition?
What are some thoughts of addition that you have today?
Have a great weekend yall!
Well, the first part of this day was kind of a whirlwind. I woke up, washed my face, got ready, and headed to my 3 hour fasted glucose test. In case you missed it, I had to do this because, to my surprise, I failed last week’s glucose test. Man, when you are used to your daily dose of morning caffeine, you sure feel it when you don’t have it. Whew!
When I got to the doctor’s office, they called me back and immediately took my blood. Then I had to drink a sugar drink like the one I had last week but with DOUBLE the sugar in it! I was going to take a picture but the nurse was watching me drink it and it felt strange to try to snap a pic real quick haha.
For you pregnant mama’a out there who have yet to take the drink, I’m sure that you have heard it is disgusting. Don’t worry to much, it’s not like you will have to hold your nose while you take it. While it is super sweet, the taste is like an extra extra sweet Hawaiian Punch. So it’s not that bad. Just way to sweet to actually enjoy.
After the drink I had to wait an hour, have my blood drawn again, wait an hour, have my blood drawn again, wait an hour, and have my blood drawn for a fourth time. Ow! While the blood drawing was definitely no fun at all, the worst part was the waiting. I brought all kind of things to entertain myself for the long wait like my phone, my Bible, my notebooks and journals, but when the sugar drink kicked in I found myself EXHAUSTED and completely zoned out haha! I perused social media for a while but eventually found even that hard to focus on and just resorted to watching the people in the waiting room. Poor patients. Trying to relax and wait for their appointment while a buzzed out girl with an insane sugar high stares from across the room.
What’s crazy is, I looked at the nutrition information and the glucose drink contained 450 calories and 100 carbs. I know for a fact loads of people have this for breakfast every morning at Dunkin Donuts or Starbucks. How in the heck do they make it through there day???
Finally, the test was done. I anxiously awaited my results……….. and was told I will find out next week. Dang!
To be continued……..
I hope your week is off to a fabulous start!
About a month ago, I began taking a few minutes in the morning to journal my thoughts. Some mornings the only thing I journal is the things that I am thankful for. I wanted to share this with you because although it is so incredibly simple, I couldn’t believe the impact it has made on my mood and daily outlook!
All you do is get yourself a journal,
and then start listing everything you can think of that you are thankful for.
I urge you to try this this week! It takes no time and I promise you it will totally set you up for a great day.
You could even start right now in the comments section!
What are some things that you are thankful for right now?
I am thankful for all of you readers. Have a fantastic day everyone!