We humans are interesting creatures. We want everything at the same time and NOW. Our addiction to instant gratification is what leads us to troubles.
Let’s say you want to lose some weight (who doesn’t?). Without reading any weight loss books tell me – what do you need to do to lose weight?
Two things really.
1. – Eat less.
2. – Move more.
That’s it. That’s the whole secret. Millions of books are written that tell you thousand different strategies to do these 2 things – how to eat less and how to move more.
So why do we struggle with our weight when everything is so simple?
Welcome our addiction to instant gratification.
We want to lose weight NOW. We don’t want to exercise for 3 months. We don’t want to change our eating habits permanently. We want to watch TV, eat garbage, and look gorgeous.
The main problem here is our attitude. If you want to lose weight – fix your brains first. Change the way you think, then everything will happen automatically.
What if instead of craving chocolate you’d crave mango? Or green salad? Have you ever craved the green salad?
What if instead of resting your butt on a couch you’d WANT to run a mile or 5? Just because you enjoy running and you feel great about it.
Our main goal when changing anything should be finding small things that when done constantly bring changes.
So let’s continue with weight loss.
Ask yourself – what activities do I enjoy? Do you like biking? Swimming? Dancing? Sign up for the tango class. Find a yoga class. Find something you actually LIKE and then you won’t have to struggle.
Find some small things you can do daily. Like use stairs instead of elevator. Park on a far side of a parking lot. Tiny habits can bring huge difference.
The key here is to make it a habit. So don’t just take stairs 2 times. It will give you nothing. So you climbed 2 flights and burned 10 calories. Trust me, no one will notice.
The great power lies in EVERYDAY ACTIONS. Let’s imagine you climb just 10 flights every day. On average you burn 5 cal per average/12-step flight, so it comes to 50 calories burned. Now let’s say you do it every day for a year.
Congratulations! You just burned 18.250 calories! Every 3500 cals equals 1lb. So it means you lost 5 pound of pure FAT.
You see, small things accumulate over days. Your goal should be adding tiny things like this to your daily routine. 2013 is coming, so what I suggest you to do is his:
1. Make a list of 12 healthy habits you can start. Like drink a glass of water early in the morning. Have a healthy breakfast. Climb a couple of flights every day. Make sure it’s not some drastic change. Like going from Mcdonalds eater to vegan. Make it a small tiny habit.
2. Now implement 1 habit every month. So January is devote to habit #1. February you already are used to habit #1 and you add habit #2. And so on.
3. By 2014 you won’t recognize yourself. And your friends won’t recognize you as well. you will be healthy, energetic, powerful person. You will be glowing with health and vitality!
And here’s the tip. For the first habit – start watching TED videos every day. Even if it’s for 5 minutes. Ted is a collection of a greatest minds. people share amazing ideas in 20 minutes, and most of the presentations are just jaw-dropping. For my collection of inspirational TED talks go to: http://www.arinanikitina.com/best-of-ted-top-41-inspirational-ted-talks.html
This one habit will super charge your motivation.
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