What is your reason to create a healthy lifestyle? If you don’t understand why you want to make a change, it is difficult to start. Without any momentum you quickly lose motivation because you don’t see any results.
Because you are supposed to eat healthy or exercise, is a weak basis for creating lasting change. Consider instead internal motivation. Here are some examples that may give you a stronger starting reason.
I want to have more energy. I want to feel better. I want to be able to play with my kids or grandkids. If you are unsure of why change is important to you, try asking yourself better questions.
Momentum creates motivation. Take time to understand why. This will increase your motivation
Here are some questions to ask yourself about why you are making time for self-care.
• What to I expect from making healthy changes?
• Why is it important to me to feel good?
• What has stopped me in the past from sticking to healthy goals?
• Who can I ask to support me in these changes?
• What behavior or habits are hurting me?
• What are my sources of joy?
Once you have an idea of why you want to feel healthy, the next step is how to get started.
Create a strategy or road map for change.
Planning ahead for meals and snacks is the number one thing you can do to create success. Consider how to fit more activity into your day. Look for ways to move that you enjoy and can do with family or friends. Momentum begins the day you start making small changes. Motivation comes with doing things you like and enjoying the process. So no matter how small your first step, use that momentum to build motivation to feel good about your life again.