5 Tips to Stay Motivated with Your Wellness Goals and Love Your BodyDec 30, 2021
Getting fit is hard. Staying motivated can be even harder.
I get it!
You work hard for your self-esteem, why shouldn't you feel good about your body?
Here is what I know to be true...Self-love starts with small changes in lifestyle.
It's important to not only to love yourself but... learning how to accept yourself for who you are.
You may not be happy with every aspect of your appearance, but that's okay!
Focus on the things you love about yourself, and work on accepting the things you don't love so much. Once you learn to love and accept yourself, it will be easier to love your body.
Here are my 5 tips to help you fall in love with your body, and stay motivated to achieve your wellness goals.
1. Set wellness goals that aren't too lofty to reach
Trying to lose the weight of a small child in two days is not only unhealthy, but it's also impossible. When you set unrealistic goals, you're setting yourself up for disappointment. Not only that, but you may begin to feel as if you aren't living up to your own expectations, this can lead to a negative body image.
Instead... set small goals that are realistic and attainable. You want to feel as if you've reached a goal instead of feeling like you've failed at every turn.
For instance, if your main wellness goal is to lose weight
There’s no one answer to this question – every person is different, and will need to find what works for them. However, here are some ideas to help get you started:
- Start by making a list of things that you like about your body. Include both physical and personality traits.
- Think about the activities you enjoy, and try to find ways to incorporate more movement into your life. Maybe dancing is your thing, or hiking?
- Invest in new clothes that make you feel good!
- Come up with a motivational mantra to remind yourself of your goals. Make it positive, replace “I want to lose weight” with “I want to get healthy” or something similar.
- Find an accountability partner – someone who will give you support, and encourage you when times get tough.
- Pamper yourself – go out and enjoy a massage, facial, gallery hop, your favorite tea – whatever makes you feel good.
2. Don't allow social media to define your self worth
We live in a world where we are constantly surrounded by images of “perfection” – it's easy to see these images and feel as though we don't measure up.
It's important to remember that these images are often heavily Photoshopped and edited, and do not reflect reality.
When you're feeling down about your body, try to avoid social media. Spend time doing things that make you feel good – read a book, take a walk, watch your favorite movie.
These things will help you to love yourself more, without the need for comparison.
Focus on your own journey, and don't compare yourself to others.
Remember that everyone is different, and that's okay! You are unique and amazing, just the way you are.
Set a goal that will make you feel good about yourself, and treat your body the way it deserves to be treated.
3. Make healthy choices a part of your lifestyle - Move your body
Not only is movement fun, it can actually be a great stress reliever! Exercise raises endorphins – the feel-good chemicals in your brain. Not only that, but exercise can also lead to stronger bones and muscles, which studies have shown may help prevent osteoporosis.
When you move your body, you're sending a message to your brain that you appreciate it. Plus, exercise releases endorphins, which make you happy!
As you start to move your body, have a goal to strive for, whether it's fitting into your old jeans or running a marathon.
Figure out what workout routine that will keep you motivated. If you love group fitness classes, join a local gym or team up with friends who love to workout as much as you do!
If running is your thing, don't think about it just get dressed and just go!
4. Control what you put into your body, eat nutritious foods
Eating nutritious foods not only helps your body to function at its best, but it can also help to improve your mood. Eating a balanced diet provides your body with the vitamins and minerals it needs to stay healthy.
When you eat well, you're telling your body that you love it and want to take care of it. One of the best ways to love your body is to take care of it!
Make sure you include plenty of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains in your diet.
Don't forget loving your body also means being able to indulge every once in a while so that you are allowed to treat it every now and then!
It's important to love yourself just the way you are. And that includes indulging in your favorite treats!
If you're following a healthy diet most of the time, it's okay to have a dessert or two (or three). Just be careful not to overdo it.
When was the last time you took some time for yourself, just to relax and enjoy? Maybe you read a book, took a bath, or went for a walk.
Taking some time for yourself is crucial – it allows you to recharge and come back stronger. When you love yourself, you make time for yourself.
5. Appreciate your body for what it can do, not just how it looks
Your body is capable of amazing things – running a marathon, carrying a baby for nine months, lifting heavy weights.
When you focus on all the amazing things your body can do, you'll begin to appreciate it more. Staying motivated with wellness goals takes time, and it can be hard sometimes. When you're feeling down, reach out to your friends and family – support is everything when you're on a journey of self love.
It's important to be patient with yourself – Rome wasn't built in a day, and neither will your perfect body be.
Start small, and gradually make changes to your lifestyle. Don't try to do everything at once, or you'll just get overwhelmed.
Remember that love is patient and kind. It does not envy or boast, it is not proud or rude. It does not insist on its own way, it is not irritable or resentful; love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
So, if you're feeling a little down about yourself, remember that it's okay. Everyone feels that way sometimes. Just take some time for yourself, relax, and love yourself just the way you are. And when you're ready, start working on some wellness goals.
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About the Author
Milan Perry, HHP, MH
World-renowned wellness chef with an extensive background in nutrition, wellness and herbalism. She is the Culinary Nutrition & Wellness Chef of the Chic Women Don't Diet (CWDD) culinary + wellness coaching program. And serving a small local Chicago clients as a Gourmet Chef. Milan went from working as a commercial print model which emphasized focusing on self to reinventing herself to focusing on the inner beauty that starts with health, wellbeing and the quality of food we eat.
**If you are looking for a new, healthy way get healthier without dieting, I hope this blog post has been helpful in helping you find that path.
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