Well it is out with the old year and in with new. Happy New Year! Now is the time for you to start thinking about how you are going to shed those unwanted pounds, but the big question is – how will you get motivated to get fit and healthy and how will you think positively? Most of us firstly need to adopt positive lifestyle changes. We need to start the New Year with trying to change just one thing each week, just try cutting out one bad thing each week, the chocolate, cheese, wine. Maybe some of you need to add something each day – “Breakfast” , the most important meal of the day which kickstarts your metabolism and keeps blood sugar levels from dipping. Whatever you do take it slowly and do not rush your new regime. Make your new lifestyle changes a habit and here are some tips of how you can motivate yourself to do so:- All of our feelings, beliefs and knowledge are based on our internal thoughts, both conscious and subconscious. We are in control, whether we know it or not. We can be positive or negative, enthusiastic or dull, active or passive. The biggest difference between people is their attitudes towards fitness and health. For some, learning to change ones lifestyle can be enjoyable and exciting, others may find it challenging and difficult. “Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.” – Abraham Lincoln Our present attitudes are habits, built from the feedback of parents, friends and society, that form our self-image and our world-image. These attitudes are maintained by the inner conversations we constantly have with ourselves, both consciously and subconsciously. So the first step we need to do is change our attitude and get motivated and think positively. One approach is called the three C’s: Commitment, Control and Challenge. Commitment Make a positive commitment to yourself, to eat more healthily, eat breakfast, get more fit and active, get more sleep, be organized with your shopping list, drink less alcohol. Praise yourself if you achieve any of these by having a small treat, or treating yourself to something. Book an appointment with yourself to fit in exercise or get the help of a Personal Trainer who will make the appointment for you. Dream of success and be enthusiastic! Control Keep your mind focused on the importance of keeping fit and eating well for health benefits. You do not want to develop heart conditions or diabetes as a result of being overweight or unfit. Keep control of your food portions. Try to set goals and priorities for what you think and do. Visualize and practice your actions. Develop a strategy for dealing with problems. Learn to relax. Enjoy successes. Be honest with yourself. Challenge Be courageous. Change and improve each day. Do your best and don’t look back. You will see that making positive lifestyle changes gives you more opportunities. Try new things. Consider several options. Join slimming groups to meet new people, or book to see a local Nutritionist for advice on you eating plan and ask lots of questions. Keep a food diary and keep track of your mental and physical health. Be most of all be optimistic. Studies show that people with these characteristics are winners in good times and survivors in hard times. Research shows that, “… people who begin consciously to modify their inner conversations and assumptions report an almost immediate improvement in their performance. Their energy increases and things seem to go better …” Commitment, control and challenge help build self-esteem and promote positive thinking. Here are some other suggestions. 7 Suggestions for Building Positive Attitudes • In every class, look for positive people to associate with. • In every lecture, look for one more interesting idea. • In every chapter, find one more concept important to you. • With every friend, explain a new idea you’ve just learned. • With every teacher, ask a question. • With yourself, keep a list of your goals, positive thoughts and actions. • Remember, you are what you think, you feel what you want. If you need any help with your 2013 goals and any nutritional or fitness advice, then please contact Sara at SK-Life Fitness and I will be happy to help you. I have a private studio for your comfort and to help build your self-esteem.