1) Dieting does not work, and research shows that 95% of the time they actually lead to weight gain.
2) Make commitment to a new mindset: develop a healthy relationship with food, exercise and your body. Write down all of the benefits of this new relationship and what you want your life to be like as you achieve it.
3) Marathon, not a sprint. Make long-term commitments. No quick fixes, creating a new way of thinking about how you nourish your body.
4) Always keeping yourself accountable. If you have a “bad” meal, redirect your thinking to doing it differently at the next opportunity.
5) Balance: enjoy the wine, cheese and desserts, but think of the majority of foods as “fuel.” You wouldn’t run a Maserati on cheap gasoline and a bunch of junk, right?
6) Develop a respect for what you want your body to give you long term. If you want to be able to see your great grandchildren (and still not be diet focused!) you gotta get with a program that is going to support long term health.
7) Wanting it is NOT the same as actually doing it. You have to be consistently accountable for your lifestyle choices.
8) Figure out the best time of day for exercise, and get it done (3-5 times a week). Do NOT over think this one. You can come up with a million reasons NOT to do it. Find things that you love to do. Have everything ready, and just get it done. You’ll feel a million times better and you’ll think that you’ll look better too.
9) Surround yourself with like-minded people who support, not sabotage your goals.
10) On the days that you don’t exercise, find something else to improve your health and emotional well-being. Take 30 minutes and do something important for yourself. From simple things (like going for a walk in your neighborhood or feeding your body real living foods for a whole day instead of something from a box), to getting a relaxing facial (even doing a homemade one!) or read a great book on self-care (I highly recommend Intuitive Eating by Evelyn Tribole!)
11) Recognize your accomplishments and what you have achieved thus far. Keep a diary of your progress.
12) If you decide to set goals, each of the goals should be definable and achievable. If your goal is to be more healthy, instead of telling yourself that you want to “lose 10 pounds,” consider adding in things like “meditate every morning to get centered, 30 minutes exercise 3 days/week, eat (x) amount of fruits/vegetables/whole grains per day.” If you don’t have a plan to get to a healthy place, you’ll become completely discouraged when the 10 pounds doesn’t fall right off of your body (plus, isn’t long-term health more important than just being skinny?)