Everyone understands it’s time for celebration when you reach a major goal, but that success came with little achievements along the way. It’s why long term goals are broken down to short term goals. You can see success sooner and celebrate the small wins. That can keep your motivation running high and put you steps closer to the ultimate goal. There’s nothing wrong with a pat on the back when you’re sticking with a program and scoring success.
Maybe you’re just starting a program of fitness.
Everyone has to start somewhere. Some people are fitter than others, either due to nature’s blessings or are just naturally active. If you’ve been a couch potato for years and it shows, you might feel intimidated by the gym. That shouldn’t discourage you from starting, just aim you to a different direction. Give yourself a month or two of alternative exercise to get fitter. Start walking. As you progress, alternate your speed from a fast walk to a recovery or slower pace. Add in some exercise after a few weeks and before you know it, you’ll be ready for the gym.
Do you want to lose weight?
Celebrating small victories can also include what you eat. Focus on giving up one healthy food at a time and eating more healthy ones, like vegetables. Some people cut out food with added sugar for several weeks before they remove another food from their diet. Cutting out highly processed food, food made with processed flour and fried foods are just a start. Increase fresh fruits and vegetables and discover how tasty healthy can be. Don’t forget to make healthy snacks ahead of time, so they’re ready when you’re hungry.
Practice mindful eating.
There are some tricks and tips that can help you lose weight, so you’ll have more small celebrations. For instance, mindful eating is one way. When you eat food mindfully, you savor the few. You should also chew your food longer. The longer it takes to eat something, the more time your body has to signal your brain it’s full and the less you’ll eat. Make it a goal to increase the time it takes you to eat by an extra five, ten or fifteen minutes using those techniques. You’ll get full faster. Celebrate your accomplishment.
- You don’t have to start out with a full half hour of exercise every day. You can break it up into three ten minute sessions. Celebrate when you can do 15 minutes twice a day and again, when you can do a straight half hour or longer.
- When changing your diet to a healthier one, remember, every change you make is a victory when it becomes a habit. While some people start by removing added sugar, you can start by increasing the amount of fresh fruits and vegetables you eat or cutting out fried foods.
- Switching out soft drinks and replacing it with water can be a victory that will make a big difference. Drinking more water can also increase the lubrication in your joints, so they don’t ache, help you be more alert and prevent kidney stones.
- When you’re starting your program of exercise, don’t try to do too much at once. Learn to do each exercise correctly. Set a goal for a certain number of reps and sets, performed to perfection, then celebrate when you achieve it.
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