Preparing for a lifestyle change can be nerve-wracking and even overwhelming. Not knowing where to start can cause a ton of anxiety and may even lead to you not changing at all. Mentally preparing for a lifestyle change is key to implement before you make any major changes in your life.
For me, it’s time to finally get rid of my belly I’ve been comfortably holding on to for months. Before having my son my stomach was on flat flat, my metabolism was at an all time high, and I literally ate WHATEVER I wanted.
After having my son, things changed drastically! I now had to work for the body I had all my life. The lifestyle change of incorporating fitness into my routine wasn’t as painful as I thought it would be. It turned out that I loved the gym and being active.
Then in rolls a deadly virus that not only affected thousands of lives but resulted in the closure of gyms everywhere. So I fell off my routine, ate whatever I wanted and not enough veggies and gained a quarantine belly that isn’t paying rent to be here.
Here’s what I’m doing to mentally prepare myself to get my body how I want it.
Set Realistic Goals
After months of eating junk food and not working out, it’s hard to just stop cold turkey. Instead I kind of ease my way back into a healthy lifestyle. I start by decreasing my junk food intake but drastically increasing my fruits and veggies intake. I may also only start with working out 3 times a week until I am back to working out 5 times a week.
Another more realistic goal that I set is within my workouts. I don’t start using weights right away and my sets and reps may be lower than they would be when I was active.
Give yourself time and be patient with yourself. Set realistic, attainable goals to keep you motivated. Setting goals that are too big and unrealistic can lead to discouragement and disappointment. It’s great to be ambitious, just keep it achievable.
Don’t Compare Yourself To Others
This one is huge! It’s incredibly difficult in this day and age to not compare yourself to others especially with so many social media platforms. But you have to remember that your journey is simply your journey! Everyone travels down different paths, has different perspectives and experiences so it is not fair to compare yourself to others.
When it comes to fitness, also keep in mind that everyone has different body types and genetics so you may follow one of your favorite fitness influencer and not see the same results as them.
Do your best to stay grounded and true to yourself by not comparing yourself to others, you’ll thank yourself in the long run.
Telling your family or even incorporating them into your lifestyle change will give you someone to hold you accountable and make the lifestyle change more fun. If you’re on a fitness journey like me, it would help to involve others in your household or your closest friends. By doing this, there will be little room for excuses.
If you’re active on social media, use your platform and followers as a way to hold you accountable. Mention your goals and lifestyle change and many people may check-in and ask about your progress!
Set The Tone In All Aspects Of Your Life
A lifestyle change involves all aspects of your life including physical, social, mental, spiritual, and emotional. Basically, a lifestyle change involves a whole lot of self-care!
Prep the physical space in your home for your lifestyle change, tell your friends and family about you upcoming journey, mentally prepare yourself by embarking in the steps mentioned previously, spiritually prepare yourself by meditation and manifesting your new goals, and emotionally prepare your brain for the rollercoaster of emotions you may face on your new journey.
To read more about how I bloom in all aspects of life, read more here!
I hope that these tips have been helpful to assist you before you embark on your journey! For more wellness tips, check here!