“Every year I promise myself I’ll finally get fit – and each year I blow it. How can I stick with it for good?”
Everyone goes through cycles of having great intentions and getting derailed. Staying on track is a mental adjustment that comes down to three basic steps.
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First, believe that you will succeed , or you’ll make it easier to quit (“I didn’t think I’d be able to do it, and was right”).
Next, change how you see adversity. Instead of obsessing about that piece of cake you just saw at the cake shop or the days you missed your workout, jump back into your fitness and healthy-eating routine as soon as possible.
While you’re at it, lose downer words like “relapse” and “mistake.” Stay positive (falling off the wagon is a learning experience!).
Finally, replace the “buts” – “I’ve dropped 15 pounds but I have so far to go” – with “ands” – “I’ve dropped 15 pounds and I’m on my way of achieving my goal.”