This list comes from Fit Personality. I am republishing it here because I think these tips are just that good. I’ve added my thoughts under each tip so I could give you my 2 cents.
#1 – Don’t change everything at once. If you go from eating crap and sitting all day to trying to instantly start running 10 miles a day and eating nothing but salad and bananas, you are going to get tired of it and probably fall back into old habits. Change a few things at a time (like cut out all soda and fast food and then ease into more intense workouts).
This one has been my downfall in the past so pay attention. Don’t try to start a new diet, start training for 5K, join a new yoga class, and start a sugar detox plan all at once. Don’t laugh, I did that… and failed.
#2 – Understand it is 90% mental. As a runner, I know that I can run a full marathon, but convincing my mind that I am going to run nonstop for the next 4 hours is surprisingly difficult. Same goes for convincing your mind that you, in fact, don’t need to eat that extra cookie to feel full.
HUGE! I still grapple with my negative nelly and the subconscious sabotagers in my mind. I’ve come to realize that our bodies are capable of much more than our minds give them credit for.