Can you believe that the unofficial start to summer is only weeks away?
I for one am not a big fan of the heat and humidity and I shy away from being out in the sun too long (I am very fair skinned and burn easily). I know others who have been dreaming of the lazy days of summer for months.
Some people LOVE to spend every moment outdoors during the summer months. That usually means wearing shorts, tank tops and swim suits.
If you are like and are not too keen on showing off your body because you feel like you need to lose a few pounds, here are some tip that can help anyone stick to their diet, lose weight and improve their health from Steve Siebold, author of Die Fat or Get Tough: 101 Differences in Thinking Between Fat People and Fit People:
It’s an all or nothing approach: 99% compliance is failure when dieting. Sounds harsh, but in order to break old habits, you can’t let them in the door for even a second. You wouldn’t cheat on your spouse in a committed relationship, so don’t cheat on something as important as your diet.
Get brutally honest with yourself: Take off all your clothes and stand in front of a mirror. If you don’t like what you see, it’s time to do something about it. This is called operating from objective reality and avoiding delusion.
Adopt the mantra of “I am responsible:” Understand that the hero on the white horse isn’t going to come riding in to save you from obesity. Only you can save yourself by growing up emotionally and making the decision to get healthy once and for all.
Seeing is believing: Create a vision board filled with lean and sexy people and hang it in a very visible location. Whenever you feel discouraged, motivate yourself by looking at the vision board.
Use past failures as fuel: Don’t wallow in your present day weight problem as this keeps you from tapping into your emotional motivation. Get grounded in the present but focused on the future. Use failures of the past to propel you forward.
Stop starting over: Stop letting yourself off the hook. Stop starting over and telling yourself you’ll do it next time. There is no next time, only this time right now. You said next time, last time, and allowing yourself the luxury of continually quitting is a deadly habit.
Eat for health: Stop seeing food and meal times as a pleasurable activity. Fit people always ask the question: “How is this meal going to affect my health?” Be smart and make conscious decisions that will keep you fit and healthy.
Get around fit people: You are who you associate with. If you spend time around couch potatoes who want to do nothing but lounge around all day, that’s going to hold you back. Get around fit people who will inspire you to eat right and workout.
Get a support person: A workout buddy is a good idea, but an even better way to go is to find someone to coach you who has already accomplished what you’re after, and to make sure they push you to reach your goals. Don’t find someone who will be nice. Find someone who will help you get results.
Know that many diets work perfectly well: People have a difficult time accepting their own behavior so they blame their diet. That’s no different than a college graduate begging for money on the street and then blaming the school for his failure to succeed. Grow up emotionally and develop the mental toughness to stick to a diet once and for all. Many diets work perfectly well.
Do YOU have any addition tips that you would like to share? Feel free to share them in the comment section of this post.
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