5 Painless Ways to Prepare For Your Post Holiday Fitness Goals: Part 5

Your mind is full of inspiration and motivation, you've got your support system, set your goals and are starting to wrap your mind around this affirmation thing. Now what?

5-Do Something That Gets You Excited

As exciting as doing the previous four things can be, I'm talking about something specific to you and you alone. You're the only one who can really decide what this is, but I'm happy to give you some examples.

-Make a workout play list that you can't wait to listen to and tell yourself that it's only for the gym.

-Buy something new to work out in; maybe tennis shoes, maybe a t-shirt that says, "I workout so I can drink wine." Makes no difference as long as you love it and can't wait to wear it.

-Start researching and saving healthy recipes that you are actually excited to try.

-Get a haircut. This one may seem strange, but there's something about cutting your hair that says, "New year, new hair, new me."

-Pull out some of those clothes that you can't fit anymore and instead of letting them discourage you, let them excite you because you will be wearing them soon. It's like a free shopping spree.

-Ask for something for Christmas that's related to you getting healthy this year and that you really want.

-Buy some of those special underwear that wick away sweat and don't ride up your butt while you're on the treadmill.

These are just a few ideas. The possibilities are endless. Choose one or as many things as you like, but do something this month that really gets you excited for what's in your future.

More than any of these things, remember to go easy on yourself. Don't beat yourself up when you go back for second's of grandma's cinnamon rolls or when you told yourself you weren't going to drink the mulled wine at the work holiday party and instead you had three glasses. Remember that tearing yourself down and feeling guilty serve no positive purpose in your life. In fact, for every minute you spend feeling guilty, you are wasting a minute you could be training your subconscious to make you the person you want to be. So release the holiday guilt and release every thought that comes into your mind or out of your mouth that sounds anything remotely like, "I have to enjoy this now before I start my diet." Or "Well, I might as well keep getting fat before the new year." That is just just as bad as saying, "This diet's gonna suck and I'm gonna fail." Keep in mind this month and forever that: "Your beliefs become your thoughts. Your thoughts become your words. Your words become your actions. Your actions become your values. Your values become your destiny". - Mahatma Ghandi

I would wish you luck on your journey, but you don't need luck. You have everything you need already inside of you. You are capable of being exactly the person that you want to be, you deserve to be that person and this is your time.

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