Instead of giving yourself the messages that provide excuses (I'm not an athlete, I'm not the kind of person who loves tofu, I'm not...) give yourself permission to become the person you think you aren't. You are not truly limited by who you are, but by who you think you are not.
I am an athlete. I am successful, consistent, and motivated. I am the kind of person who falls down (a lot), and gets back up every single time.
Then ask yourself - does what I'm doing match who I am?
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I have an easier time starting a new habit if I hook it to an existing habit. I always brush my teeth twice a day, so... I have an electric toothbrush that times the "clean portion for 2 minutes." I do 30 squats in those 2 minutes while I brush my teeth. Then I do balancing exercises during the 2 ½ minute white cycle, and kegels during the 1 minute "polish" cycle. I always do these few minutes of exercise every night. It actually helps me sleep better, too. And now it's a habit.
Don't know if it's appropriate to say brand names here, but I use the Panasonic Diamond toothbrush.
In my OMAT team, we pick one reasonable and reachable goal for each month and work on that small goal for a whole month. By the time the month is done, you've now broken an old habit and created a new one! I've been doing this since September 2013 and it's the one thing that helped me finally budge the scale!
Here the name of our team if you are interested: My OMAT Challenge (One Month At A Time)
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