No more excuses!

Change is hard for everyone. Even those people who want it. Making changes in how you live your life takes time, effort, and commitment. It is hard work to start making those changes and then keep doing them until they become a natural part of your life.
There are two major mistakes that I see people make when it comes to making lifestyle changes.
The first is that they try to change too many things all at once. They set 15 different goals and become overwhelmed by everything they have taken on. It is best to set two maybe three small specific goals and work on those for several weeks or months and then expand. Small goals could include things like eating 4 servings of vegetables each day. Another could be to walk at least 30 minutes daily. It might be to not drink your calories (sodas, iced coffees, fruity drinks, etc). You get the picture. Then you also need to make sure that it is realistic. If you never walk, then walking daily for 30 minutes is a BIG step. You may want to walk 10 minutes every other day and slowly build up.
The second is EXCUSES!! I hear people make excuses for why they are not following their food plans or their exercise plans and then complain that they are not losing weight. If you become obsessed with following through with the commitments you made to yourself, then you can be proud of yourself and feel good. I realize that sometimes it is hard to stop making excuses. Here is something to try. Write out a script (like a monologue) to yourself about how great it is that you are on track. Then record it and listen to every day. A script might be like this:
Every day I eat fresh fruits and vegetables at every meal. Eating these delicious foods make me feel good. They help my body get stronger and healthier. Eating fruits and vegetables at every meal is helping me get to my goal weight.
I know it sounds corny but it works. Make it your own. Some people set it to music. Some people have their trainers read the script into the recording. Be creative!

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