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Take it one day, or even one meal at a time. And start small. Maybe you add one additional serving of fruit or veggies per day. Maybe you start exercising in 10 minute increments. I found that once I hit a monthly number of fitness minutes, I want to match that or increase it by say 100 minutes the next month.
Start a daily "to do" list and make sure you are in the top three spots. The sooner you start out this way, the easier it will become to start putting yourself first, without feeling guilty. Make exercise a top priority, as well as preparing your healthy snacks or meals for the day. Women especially tend to place everybody and everything else before themselves leaving no time in the day left for exercise or relaxation. Start making yourself, mind, body, and spirit a top priority!
I like to start with a few small goals.....like drinking more water, no soda, increasing fruits/veg's. In the past I have put too much focus on the number on the scale and let unrealistic goals defeat my initial enthusiasm. I did not gain all this weight in a few weeks or months.
Before I eat I remind myself that food has a purpose. It is fuel. It isn't to make me feel happier, less anxious or to fill whatever emotional need I have at that moment. When I consume food for fuel I tend to make healthier choices.
When I am just dying to have junk food I wait and think before I purchase it:
We are so often told to take baby steps but we don't know what that means. We don't even know where to start. I got inspiration from St Francis of Assisi: Start by doing what is necessary, then do what is possible, and suddenly you will be doing the impossible.
sit down in front of a mirror and tell yourself that only YOU can control your weight...I am great at making excuses or putting off when I need to get back on track.but when it comes right down to it....I am the master of my own health and looks