With many people trying to get healthy and lose weight, there are absolutely some secrets that can help. It is easy to find tips and tricks like “drink more water” or “cut out sugar” (which are both essential) but on a deeper level there are secrets that can change your perceptions and put you on the path to success. Changing your attitude and your mindset are two of the biggest secrets I can offer. The tips below will help you gain some new ideas and perspectives that healthy people know about staying thin.
Exercise because you eat well and eat well because you exercise. Some people feel like they need to exercise because they eat junk food. Other people feel like because they work out, they deserve to treat them selves to something unhealthy. Healthy people eat nutritious foods because they know that food is fuel and nutrients. They also realize that if they are going to eat a good diet, they should work out to make the most of their weight, endurance and overall health. They workout to maintain their cardio and strength and they won’t ruin their efforts by eating foods that will derail their goals.
Living a healthy lifestyle is not something you have to fight to do. It is not a punishment or a life sentence to being unhappy. Living healthy may be different than what you are doing now, but that makes for excitement and adventure. Will you miss processed and fried foods? Yes, in the beginning you will have to adjust to leaving these bad habits aside, but fill the time with searching for cool recipes that will feed your cravings as well as your physical body.
Don’t give yourself time to wallow in self pity about having to exercise. Find ways to work out that will distract you and excite you! Going for a bike ride through new neighborhoods or trails will let you go at your own pace and see cool things. Drive to a state park or outdoor garden and walk around at your own pace or challenge yourself to burn calories and work your heart.
Learn to compete with yourself. I remember feeling a bitterness against people that I would see running. I was trying to hit my own goal of running a complete mile without walking and I was having a lot of difficulty with endurance and breathing. My focus switched from my own goals to comparing myself with others. This was destructive to my attitude of being proud of my efforts on my way to accomplishing my goals. This was undermining my acceptance for myself that I needed to keep a positive attitude and give myself the time I needed to get where I wanted to be. Comparing myself to others made it easy to slip into a pity party and have an “excuse” to feel dejected and give up, but a friend reminded me how silly that was and told me to “suck it up” and get back to my goals. I decided to focus on the small steps and achievements and feel proud of what I was doing for myself and my health. Almost magically, I found strength and power and ran through the self-doubt and the burning chest and completed my mile.
Realize that working out is a new way of life and it isn’t easy. Working out is never easy because the point of working out is to push yourself to your max abilities (and a little further each time) to get stronger and healthier. But this is your new life and you are awesome! So, read some inspirational quotes, listen to some pump up music and get out there and kick your own butt!
Realize that eating healthy is easy. If you are used to standing at the fridge or the pantry eating a box of cookies while you decide what to have for a meal, you have a lot of habits to change. It might take some time to get used to opening the refrigerator and finding salads, quinoa salad and grapes instead of unhealthy foods, but you will get over the habit of eating high fat, high sugar and processed foods.
Healthy people know that they feel better both physically and emotionally when they opt for “good” foods instead of “bad” ones. Satisfying a craving for ice cream feels comforting while you’re eating it, but afterwards you realize that it was just silly to acquiesce when you could have grabbed a natural frozen fruit bar and gone for a walk around the block until you felt the craving subside. Give yourself healthy food choices and that is what you will have to eat. It is simple.
It is so important to read inspirational articles to stay focused and motivated. It is critical to read informative articles about fitness, eating and overall health. It is also important to always remember that some really big secrets to living a healthy lifestyle and staying thin are to work on changing your attitude and your mindset. Keep working at doing things that are in your personal best interest and discover what works for you. Everyone can’t do cross fit or be a vegetarian, but every individual can exercise and eat well in personalized ways that work for them.
The biggest secret that healthy people know to stay thin is to never ever give up on yourself. You are worth every effort and sacrifice you make. You are incredible and unstoppable. You can do this.
What are your challenges to health, diet and exercise?
I agree that exercise is much more fun when you enjoy what you’re doing! I enjoy reading stories about other women who have lost weight and kept it off. The Before and After photos are always inspiring and motivating for me.
Really great article, it’s so easy to get caught up in an unhealthy cycle and we have to remember to avoid doing that!
Joanna @ Everyday Made Fresh
Totally agree with these! Now to find a workout that I enjoy! I used to workout all the time, and had lost a lot of weight. I got bored with my routine and stopped. Then the bad habits started creeping back. I need to get back on the wagon.
A healthy lifestyle is a gift on its own. You get to work out and it becomes a norm already and make you better.
Exercise is not always something that I like doing. On those days I just get out for a walk.
This is such a great article. It is true that exercise as well as eating to fuel your body are so important. My biggest issue lately is time.
Awesome. I try to jog daily. I know my diet isn’t the greatest, but I could never give up my sweets. Hence why I jog!
Jenn @ EngineerMommy
I think when it comes to staying thin, some of it is genetic and some of it is lifestyle. I try to eat plenty of fruits and vegetables and limit the junk food.
Farrah Less G.
I’ve struggling losing weight , I totally agree to maintain a healthy weight you do not rely on just a diet also you need to keep active.
i’ve been struggling with weight loss for such a long time !! thank you for the tips!! <3
I have such an issue with weight, even before I lost a lot of my mobility and was very active and ate well it was still a battle, these are some great tips.
Our Family World
I could weigh less if I did not have to keep snacking while working! Sometimes chewing something helps me concentrate and stay awake. I guess I will just have to choose the right snack and start a better exercise routine.
So important to be mindful about what you put into your body. I need to set a goal to run a complete mile too – not my forte!
A healthy lifestyle is just that, a way of life. I love the 80/20 rule – 80% of the time eat healthy, exercise, etc. and 20% of the time you can indulge and allow yourself to be lazy.
I try to keep healthy snacks on hand. If the bad food is not in the house then I will not eat it. When I am having a craving I try to drink some cold water and do a little exercise.
I feel like crap when I eat junk food. It’s a great reminder to eat healthy when possible because I always feel so much more energetic and my mood is better.
I like the idea of learning to compete with yourself. I think that’s a really good way to work toward those goals.
So many of us are so sedentary and forget to get in some daily exercise. Besides helping to control weight daily exercise is also a stress reliever and a easy way for me to squeeze in some “Me” time.
Clearly, I have failed to see this memo. I am working at getting back to healthy. It’s so easy to stray. I love the idea of competing with yourself. It pushes you to do better. Thanks for the motivation and tips. Here’s to a healthier us.
All great tips! I eat 5-6 small meals a day. Setting goals for yourself are very important. I set goals and compete with myself every day.
I really do not think that people should be striving to be thin. Instead, they should strive to be happy and healthy. Weight doesn’t matter…body composition and overall fitness does.
My friends always asks me how I stay thin. I tell them proper diet and regular exercise. I don’t always get the body that I want but I make sure to stay healthy.
I love exercise and how it makes me feel, but since I’ve gotten myself so out of shape, it’s tough. I struggle exercising, but know it will pay off.
Sandy N Vyjay
I think its all in the diet. Also the ability to say no to that extra helping makes all the difference.
“It is not a punishment or a life sentence to being unhappy.” THIS! If it feels like a punishment, it’s not going to work long term. Being healthy is a daily lifestyle journey.
These are pretty darn spot on. I just need to work on a few of them for mind and for soul!
You’re right that we need to shift our mindset to remain healthy. I did for 3+ years and then got sloppy and only now trying to go back to those good habits I had recently.
I have a really hard time with exercise. I was in a head on collision years ago and had many surgeries. It is more diffiuclt for me to exercise, it hurts 🙁 . I do have to go back and try more especially with my eating habits.
It can be really hard to stick to an exercise routine, especially when you are busy! But you are totally right, it’s a mindset.
Exercise is just fun when you enjoy it, try to play the sports that you like instead of only watching them on TV! I am trying to go jogging everyday in the park near my house and it feels great! But winter is coming and I find it hard to get out of bed early every morning lol!
Leigh Anne Borders
This was definitely something to think about. I need to change my mindset and choose purposefully the better habits than my old ones.
I think it’s all about moderation and wanting to stay healthy and eat healthy. Great post!
I take this very seriously. I’m actually in therapy about an eating disorder. my goal is to have a healthy relationship with food.
Totally agree that you have to see working out as the new way of life. It’s all about lifestyle. Great stuff!
Great article! It really is about changing up bad habits. Letting a healthy lifestyle not be a dad but a way of life.
Exercise helps a lot, and anything that helps you sweat a lot. Also eating the right kind of foods is awesome.
Yeeesss because if you overthink exercising, you’ll end up not exercising. Better off just doing it.
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