“Genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration“- Thomas Edison

If you think that living a healthy lifestyle is a cake walk, guess again.  It takes commitment, motivation, patience, determination, responsibility, and a boost of confidence to stay focused on accomplishing those goals. If you lack one of those, then it’s only going to make your journey a lot harder to accomplish.

Ever since I have started this profession, I have found that a clients biggest challenge is maintaining their COMMITMENT. The level of commitment to a wellness program is essential for success. Some plans fail due to lack of motivation or inspiration to meet those individualized wellness goals.  Setting realistic goals and keeping track of progress are two very important ways to stay committed to a program. If you are only focused on looking like Jennifer Aniston, maybe you should reconsider your goals.  It is Jennifer Aniston’s job to look the way she does, not yours. It is your job to live a long, healthy, happy life.

Luckily, there are a few options for to stick to if it’s been a rough journey. Look for an exercise buddy.  Whether it be a mutual friend, a relative, or co-worker, make sure they have similar schedules and goals.  This will help keep both of you accountable and on track with progress.

Another way is to promise yourself a reward for an accomplished goal.  Those 50in television sets are NICE. I know you want one!  Save money during your wellness challenge and then splurge on that TV set once you’ve met your planned goal.  If you promise yourself a reward, it will help you to stay focused on something  you want.

Stay consistent and keep a food journal. This is the strongest factor in testing how committed you are in finishing your wellness program.  By keeping a food journal, this will help you to monitor your successes and keep track of your foods.  There are many apps to download to help you with your progress. I love using SparkPeople. They have apps for both your phone and computer.  They contain restaurant information (pretty much every restaurant out there) for those who love to dine out.  If you are missing workout days, or losing track of your journal, then it’s time to reevaluate your commitment. It’s so easy to stop, but 10x’s harder to start back up. So make sure that you are keeping up with all of your progress!

Remember, living happy and healthy is a lifelong commitment. Make sure that you don’t skimp out on those long term goals. Those goals are more important than the short term goals.  Setting a goal of fitting into that slinky dress by cruise week is OK, but remember that change is for long term. Living a healthy lifestyle is not a 4-6 week accomplishment; it’s a lifetime experience. Look inside yourself and make sure that this is what YOU want to make your goals a reality. It’s a LIFESTYLE change and commitment, not just a joy ride.

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