Focus on What You Have to Gain

It’s normal to resist change, especially when it feels like you must lose a piece of yourself to accept it into your life. When it comes to pursuing a healthy lifestyle, it’s easy to focus on everything you have to give up: your favourite fast food, soda, sleeping in, fried foods, bread, free time, etc. But what if you, instead, reframed your situation to focus on what you had to gain? Work on building a mindset that keys in on the good: more energy, a body you love, better-fitting clothes, less anxiety, and so much more!

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Food vs Exercise: Drugs We All Know

When faced with a difficult situation, you have many options for what to do with anxious thoughts and feelings. Unfortunately, many of us turn to food to relieve us of our anxious thoughts. Food can be a comfort in difficult times. But over time, this can lead to negative health effects.

On the other side of this coin, exercise is the most underutilized antidepressant. Science backs up the claim that exercise can help relieve stress and decrease anxiety, especially when practiced regularly. Yet, we often overlook exercise as a tool. In fact, some people may see it as a trigger for anxiety! This painful cycle can be on repeat for years until addressed. Use food and exercise responsibly for your optimal health.

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They Don’t Want You to Be Better Than Them

People feel uncomfortable with your success. It doesn’t matter your field of business or life; people will only support you as long as you aren’t doing better than they are. That’s a fact of life to be accepted, not dwelled upon. There’s no need to hate other people for this, it’s just a part of life. So, when you begin to change your lifestyle, you may have friends or family members that don’t support you. They may not give you the praise that you wish they would. But that’s ok. You are doing what they can’t, and you should celebrate yourself for that.

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Don’t Look Back

Whatever you do, don’t look back. Whether it’s at a former version of yourself that was everything you dreamed, and now you’ve lost that version of yourself. Or, if you’re trying to look back at yesterday and the mistakes you made that you regret. Don’t let the past hold you back. Move forward. Start right now. Forget about whatever you did in the last hour that you regret and start over right now. Set a goal, something small, and set out to achieve it. What can you do to keep the momentum going?

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The Pain of Discipline is Less than the Pain of Regret

Being disciplined is hard. Early morning workouts are tough. So are late evening workouts. Even midday workouts force you to reorder your life to accommodate them. Choosing healthier foods is hard. Cooking regularly can be challenging. Being active on a daily basis for life can be tough. Yet, the pain of discipline is far less than the pain of regret. Regretting not reaching your full potential. Not getting in the shape you wanted. Not really pushing yourself to see what you were really capable of. Remember this the next time you want to hit snooze or indulge when you said you would live healthier.

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Never Chase What You Want from Others

We are all driven by primal desires for acceptance and love. Unfortunately, sometimes those desires can lead us down a path that we don’t need to be one, with people who are not meant for us. If love, affection, or attention is too hard to come by, consider changing up your people, not changing yourself.

Not every person is meant to be with you. This is true whether the person is a friend, a romantic partner, a boss, or even a family member. Every human being falls into this category. Never feel that you must chase what you crave in a relationship. If you’re not receiving it, cut your losses and find something that’s worth your time.

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Why Choose to Fail?

It never seems like a big deal, does it? Having a soda at lunch each day seems small, after all. Driving past the gym after work and not stopping to workout doesn’t seem like a big deal, either. But you must remember that each time you do this, you are actively choosing to fail. You are choosing to sabotage your goals. It never feels like it. It feels like an indulgence, like a moment to treat yourself. But you always have a choice. So why choose ultimate failure when ultimate success is an option? Only you have the power to change your life. Will you choose to do it?

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Start Doing It.

It’s true, the hardest part is getting started. Choosing to change over comfort isn’t easy, no matter your intention. However, the good thing is, once you start, the hardest thing becomes stopping. Making a decision to get up in the morning instead of hitting snooze, the way you have so many times before, may feel like the worst choice you could make in the moment. But when you arrive to start your workday and you know you knocked out a workout before breakfast, you feel amazing. You don’t want the feeling to end. Soon, it becomes impossible to go back to the life you lived before. This is the end goal. Getting started is the beginning.

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How Important Are Your Excuses?

Self-sabotaging behavior may often seem like a means of damaging ourselves, kicking ourselves when we’re down. But at the end of the day, making excuses for why you aren’t actively pursuing your goals is more of a crutch. Excuses keep you comfortable. They keep you grounded in what’s familiar. You have the best intentions, but at the end of the day, your intentions are not enough.

Ask yourself, “are your excuses more important than your dreams”? Is your comfort zone more thrilling than achieving what you’ve always wanted? Is procrastination worth the chance of losing out on your potential? We think not.

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Feed Your Dreams, Not Your Demons

Your dreams are as hungry as your demons. Make sure you’re feeding the right ones. You only have a certain amount of energy you can expend in a given day. Where are you putting your mental energy? Which side are you feeding? Are you making conscious choices to improve your health and improve your life? Or are you giving yourself excuses and patting yourself on the back for having good intentions? Which side are you pouring into? You have the ability to choose the path you take in life. Your thoughts and small daily habits represent the steps you take on that path.

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