The ultimate guide for getting rid of your laziness forever

I was thinking earlier today how I come up with my titles for my blog.  I have noticed a pattern and came to realize how the titles where I make it seem like little or no effort or diligence is required have the most views.

My titles such as “Splurge every day and still be healthy!” and “Whatever you do, do not worry about buying that gym membership” were just two of my blog posts that had the most views.  My posts that were titled “Have a Healthy Valentine’s Day: Your Complete Guide to a Guilt-Free V-Day” and “Are you mentally healthy?” did not have nearly the same amount of views.  I am curious about this pattern.

Why are we so attracted to the idea of looking good or being healthy without any effort?  I think the answer may be obvious: laziness.  We all have our lazy days, trust me, but what is it that can motivate us to work hard for what we want?  Here are some pointers on how to stay motivated and overcome laziness:

  1. Make measurable goals. It is important to define exactly what you’re trying to accomplish.  Be sure to be as specific as possible.  For example, instead of saying, “Lose weight by the summer”, say “Lose 10 pounds by June 1, 2015.”  That way, you will be able to confirm exactly whether or not you accomplished your goal by the time you reach your finish date.
  1. Stay positive. A positive mindset can really make a significant difference.  Do your best to push aside any negative thoughts or temptations to bring yourself down in any way.  Love your body and love yourself.  After you accomplish that, the rest will come much easier.
  1. Go on your health journey with friends and loved ones. By joining in with friends or family, creating a healthier lifestyle is more fun and definitely easier.  You can be each other’s supporters and share your experiences together.  Also, I think it’s fun to challenge each other to help give that extra motivation.  I challenge my sister all the time to see if she is capable of something that I had just accomplished that I am proud of and vice versa.
  1. Think of how you want to be when you’re much older. It may sound silly, but on my laziest days, I often think to myself that if I can’t get up and complete a good workout at my age now, how am I supposed to think it’s going to be easier when I’m much older?  I want to be the most fit 50-something when I get to that point!  At almost half that age currently, I cannot begin bad habits of being lazy!  Needless to say, this is the point where I get up and start working out.
  1. Keep in mind how quickly the body reacts to eating well and working out. The human body is simply amazing.  When I first began to learn more about fitness and started truly working out hard on a regular basis, it was remarkable how quickly I saw changes.  It especially was made possible by complimenting my workouts with a healthy diet.  From personal experiences, I have noticed that it only takes two or three days for my body to get back into gear if I take a few days off from working out.  Also, about a week after working out and really pushing myself, I see and feel results.  If you are looking for results, you don’t have to wait months and months as long as you work hard.  Feeling new, refreshed, and healthy again is not far out of reach!  Just stay positive and after a week or so of true hard work and healthy eating, you will notice little results that will then motivate you even more in order to see and feel more noticeable results in the long run.  I promise that the whole process of taking on a healthy lifestyle and accomplishing your goals is nothing but rewarding.  The beginning is the hardest part.  Do your best to get past the rough beginning stages and you will be in the clear!

So, surround yourself with positivity and focus on your goals.  You will no longer be drawn towards a lazy path to being healthy!  You will learn to be very proud of your body and how you feel as a result of eating healthy and working out.

Stay healthy and be strong!

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“Forget the risk and take the fall. If it’s what you want, then it’s worth it all.”

I was searching the internet for inspiration for this next blog post when I fell upon this quote:

“Forget the risk and take the fall.  If it’s what you want, then it’s worth it all.”

Perfect.

This is a wonderful quote and I hope it inspires more than just me.  These two sentences encompass the meaning behind everyone’s journey.  Whether you are working hard to lose weight, gain weight, gain muscle, become stronger, or you want to keep up with your kids at the park, this quote says it all.  No matter what your goals are, go for it.  This is your life, your body, and your health.  If you have your eyes on an end result, then go for it and do your best.  If you reach your goal, the feeling of accomplishment will outweigh the risks you had to take and all of the sacrifices.

This quote doesn’t even have to apply to your health, either.  About a year ago I was faced with the inevitable task upon graduation: finding a job.  I was originally applying to grad school but once I didn’t get in, everything flipped upside down and I decided to start post-graduate life with working instead.  My ultimate goal became to find a job and find a place to live in the area I went to school.  The entire semester became centered on job applications, networking, resume-fixing, interviews, tears, panicked calls home, and stress like I could never imagine.  Words could never describe how crazed I was the entire five months of the semester.  However, in the end, I accepted a job a few weeks before graduation and found a place to live soon after.  On the second day after graduation, I received a phone call for a better job offer, and was even happier!  I put everything aside and focused on my priorities every waking moment of my days until I got what I dreamed of.  Despite the stress, the constant worrying of failure, and the rejections of countless companies, it was all worth it.

I’m sure everyone has a similar story, but I just thought this was a really great quote that everyone could relate to at some level.  Wherever you’re at in your life, whatever your goals are, don’t give up.  Put everything you have into achieving your goals and it will be all worth it in the end.

Stay healthy and be strong!