You want to get fit and be healthy, right? So you’re working toward your goals on the outside (eating better, getting more exercise, and so on). But what is that voice inside your head telling you? What kind of inner dialogue are you having with yourself?
Do you tell yourself you’ll never get there, you always fail, and that you just aren’t cut out for this? We all do that, sometimes. But we can’t make it a regular recording or we’ll just become a victim created by our own self-destruction.
Believe it or not, what we feel inside we often wear on the outside. And what we tell ourselves, we become! It’s time to make a conscious effort to be your own biggest cheerleader (privately of course). Meet and accept yourself wherever you are right now. And then commit to give yourself the encouragement, support and attention that you need and deserve to become your fittest and healthiest. No one else is going to do it for you!
Here are some of my favorite inspiring quotes that I keep in my mind and recite to myself and share with my clients and friends. Read ’em, believe ’em, and pass ’em on.
“Strong is the new skinny.”
Truth. Skinny is so yesterday. The in-thing now is to be fit and strong. Being skinny is not akin to being healthy. Simply dieting will drop weight, but it doesn’t build muscle. In fact without proper exercise, you’ll just get “skinny fat” and lose muscle, putting yourself at risk for osteoporosis. So instead, work on getting strong, inside and out and you will feel (and look) much better!
“Nothing tastes as good as being fit feels.”
Remember the last day when you ate all of your “favorite” foods (sugars & fats) and then felt terrible about yourself? Was it worth it? Sure, you can enjoy treats in moderation. But overindulging just because it tastes so good almost always makes you feel bad and sets you back. Next time you think about reaching for that craving, ask yourself how much do I really need?
“The perfect body is the one that gets me to the end.”
Isn’t that really the goal? We all want to live long, healthy pain-free lives. In order to enjoy life into our later years we need to take care of our bodies by eating well and exercising. And it’s never too late to start! Take the first step and don’t give up until motivation becomes habit.
“Feed your body healthy food. Feed your mind with healthy thoughts.”
You feel what you eat. Your food affects your mood and your mood affects your food.