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Learn from your past mistakes. When you go about things in the same way for the same reasons, you tend to get the same results. While you donít want to dwell on what happened, itís important to learn from those experiences so that you donít repeat them. Consider why your weight loss or healthy living goals havenít been successful up to this point.

Are you trying to change too many things, too soon?
Are you setting unrealistic expectations for how quickly youíll see results?
Are you trying to make changes for the wrong reasons, like to please someone else in your life?
Do you eat for reasons other than hunger, like when youíre stressed, bored or sad?

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Questions like these can help you figure out how to stop the yo-yo cycle and create permanent changes.

Even though youíre full of motivation and want to change everything right now, slow down. Drastic changes are often a recipe for failure. Your best bet is to make gradual changes you feel like you can live with forever. Can you commit to 2 hours at the gym every day or no more chocolate for the rest of your life? Probably not, and the truth is, you shouldnít have to. You can lose weight and improve your health by making small changes, building momentum by developing a pattern of consistency. What if you committed to just 10 minutes of exercise a day? What if you started by cutting back on the number of sodas youíre drinking, or by replacing one unhealthy snack for a better one? If goals like this sound easy, great! Accomplishing lots of simple goals will bring you more success than failing at goals that are too ambitious.

* www.sparkpeople.com/resource/motivation_ar
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Establishing new habits is challenging, so be ready to put in the hard work and effort. If youíve been a couch potato for the past 20 years, you canít expect that working out for 30 minutes every day is going to be a breeze. Exercise is probably going to be uncomfortable and awkward in the beginning, as your body gets used to regular activity again. If youíre used to eating fast food for dinner 4 nights a week, it might not be easy to start cooking healthier dishes at home. (Thatís one reason why gradual changes are a good strategy. Start with 10 minutes of exercise instead of 30. Start with fast food just 2 times a week instead of 4.) Expect that youíll have some days when youíre more motivated than others. Keep in mind that if changing habits was easy, weíd all be in better health. We live in a society thatís not always supportive of healthy living, instead promoting convenience and immediate results. Itís not easier for me than it is for someone else to turn down a giant piece of cake, but Iím willing to make the sacrifice (still allowing for those treats now and then) because my health is a priority. If you are ready, really ready, to make changes to your life, anything is possible.

Take time to set meaningful and realistic goals. Itís great to set a goal to lose 30 pounds, but without a plan, itís like heading out on a road trip without a map. Setting short-term and medium-term goals, as well as detailing the action steps youíll take to reach those goals, is time well-spent. It gives you a clear path of where you are and where youíre headed. Also donít forget the importance of rewarding yourself for a job well-done.

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Post your goals in a place where youíll see them multiple times a day to keep you focused and motivated. Create a supportive environment around you to increase your chances of success.
Think about how proud youíll feel six months from now, when youíre still on track and making positive changes in your life.

Edited by: LILY8486 at: 9/5/2015 (06:48)
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