Got a yellow sticky note? Grab it (and a pen) and write down these three words:
- Consistency, and
Commitment: Half of the battle with weight loss is mental-it's you against your mind. That is why it's so important to spend time really thinking about your motives and goals, and where you see yourself in a year. Research shows that keeping goals small-losing just 10% of your body weight, for example-means you're much more likely to meet them.
Consistency: This is what makes this program so doable: It's easy to follow and tells you exactly what to do, every day, which is essential to the stay-consistent mindset. One thing I always talk about (but which can't really be said enough) is that to stick with a routine, you have to make it a priority. If getting a workout in is conditional on work, kids, friends, stress, the weather, the stock market, there's a good chance you'll skip it. Lump it into the category of daily necessities-you rarely miss a meal; try to view your workout the same way.
Convenience: Now, for any of the advice above to work at all, you have to make your routine totally, completely convenient to your lifestyle. That can mean a lot of things: the time of day (am works for some, not for me because I get to work early). The length of a workout (don't have 40 minutes? Do 20 and skip the shower unless you're unpleasantly sweaty); the location (invest in a treadmill if the gym is far or jump rope and do sit-ups and push-ups in your basement). Point is, streamline the process as much as possible and don't make promises to yourself you know you can't keep. Only movie stars have 3 hours daily to devote to a workout. You don't-so do what you can, just do it on most days.
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