Now that the holiday season is behind us, it’s time to step on the scale and face reality. You just can feel that extra serving of stuffing with turkey gravy on your hips, so it’s not going to be good news. But it’s okay. We can do this!
Sure, it would have been better to choose a carrot stick over a piece of carrot cake, but that doesn’t mean that all is lost. Personally, I’ve found that the best way to start a new diet and exercise plan is to motivate yourself, so here are a few of my favorite motivational quotes to get you going.
“Strive for progress, not perfection.” –Unknown
Don’t compare yourself to others. Just focus on the improvements you’ve made to your own life. Eventually, you’ll feel so great that perfection won’t matter quite as much.
“So many people spend their health gaining wealth, and then have to spend their wealth to regain their health.” A.J.Materi
This quote is a good source of ammunition against the “I’m too busy” excuse. When we say that, it’s often because we’re focusing too much on work or other people and not enough on ourselves.
“An hour of basketball feels like 15 minutes. An hour on a treadmill feels like a weekend in traffic school.” David Walters
Ain’t it the truth? When you’re doing something you love, exercise isn’t a chore. The key to making exercise a part of your life is to avoid those “traffic school” workouts. Try dance, yoga, Pilates or even basketball.
“The difference between a goal and a dream is a deadline.” -Steve Smith
Think about this one for a moment. Now, think about your fitness goals. Can you put realistic deadlines on them? Imagine how much farther you would get if you were held accountable for those deadlines.
“It’s not food if it arrived through the window of your car.” Michael Pollan
Junk food isn’t really food at all. It’s junk. Avoid it at all costs! Instead, try to take healthy snacks with you wherever you go. This way, you won’t be tempted when you pass the drive-thru.