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I have quit asking the gods to make me thinner and am asking them how I can live healthily. There is so much hype out there for weight loss and wellness but little of it seems to assist you with maintaining motivation. I don't know about you but motivation is a big factor for me what with the constant body pain and unexpected mental shifts all the time.



I decided to do some research to see if I could find some advice on how to remain motivated today.  Google found 25 million web sites that focused on maintaining motivation for weight loss alone not to mention the seven other possible search terms I could use.



Once I set my search to how to stay motivated I accidentally switched to the videos list, Youtube also had a ton of offerings. I had to set some kind of criteria for myself so I could find something relevant to me that also seemed possible.

My Criteria:

1) It had to be simple
2) It had to be cheap
3) It had to be possible with my issues
4) It had to be suitable for someone over 50

After reading a few articles I realized they presumed you were already motivated and just wanted to stay that way. I am not at that point yet so I decided to take a step backwards and see if I could find out how to get motivated to begin. With me, it usually takes a health crisis to get me to change my ways but I needed it to be deliberate this time. I wanted to be proactive. So, back to the search, I went. Unfortunately, I did not find what I would call motivation only some ideas on how to live healthier. But that's OK #1 below is the most important thing you can do to get motivated while the others give you some ideas on how to do it.

1) It is very important to know why you want to live a healthier life. Think about why it is important and write it down somewhere you can see it often. If you don't know why you are doing something then doing it doesn't seem important. Oh and the why can't be because society expects it or people in your life are pushing at you it has to have real personal meaning to you! This step is the most important one you can take because if you don't know why you are doing something you won't do it.



2) Know where you want to be and be prepared for it to take a long time. Write down your goals and set the start date but not the end date. Setting the end date sets you up for failure so don't do it! Unless you need that kind of pressure and it won't send you into a funk if you don't make it. Instead, use a tracker and mark on it what you did on what date then set up some kind of reward system based on time spent rather than weight lost or healthy meals eaten. Keeping track this way puts you in competition with yourself and will give you a push to keep going once you start.

3) Start slow but not too slow. Use a timer either online or a more conventional one like the timer on your oven. Do what you normally do but when the timer goes off take 5 minutes or so to move around. It can be a quick walk outside or sweep the floor or heck put on some music and dance. At the end of the 5 minutes keep doing what you are doing if you want to or go back to what you were doing before you got up and moved around. The recommended length of time is 20 minutes of sitting for every five minutes of moving but you can change these numbers if you want. I would recommend you increase the moving time rather than the sitting time though.

4) To make sure you will eat healthy find some real food recipes and try them out. When you step into a grocery store go to the fruit and vegetable aisle and pick up one or two of your favourites to eat as a snack instead of junk food. Oh yeah and avoid the junk food aisle at all costs! Its simpler to eat healthy if you only have healthy food in your home.

5) When you do eat do it away from all distractions so you can really taste what you are eating. If you really taste something and eat without distraction you will soon find yourself preferring the ones that taste good and fill you up quickly. Surprisingly I found that the foods I prefer are actually fruits & vegetables instead of chips and ice cream.


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