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If you're looking for articles featuring inspiration or the latest in health and weight loss news, look no further.

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  1. Balance   
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  1. Healthy Eating   
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  1. Gluten Free   
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  1. Guest Post   
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When the Excitement Fades

I’ll never forget the first day we planted our organic vegetable garden. We worked for hours, sweating in the South Carolina heat, but none of us cared. We were so excited to grow our own vegetables, we weren’t even phased by the exhaustion. 

We were so happy when it was done. “Yes, vegetables fresh from the garden. What could be better than that?” 

Fast forward just a few weeks from that day, 

“Mom, do I have to go out and weed again?” 

“Ugh, there are so many green beans to harvest. My legs are tired.” 

“It’s too cold/hot to go out there today.” 

Yeah, the excitement wore off after just a few weeks. Sure, we were excited for the end result…organic vegetables! But the hard work it took was just not so exciting anymore.  

Luckily, we got past all our whining and complaining (mine included) and are still taking great care of our wonderful organic garden today.  

When you start a new healthy eating program, you might face the same challenge — Trying to keep the excitement going after the initial fun wears off.  

Especially when life gets stressful, the pull to go back to your old way of eating can be very strong. But you can stay on your healthy path and see success. Just like the garden, with persistence work you will see the fruits of your labor! 

So to help you stay motivated, I put together a few tips to help you keep the excitement going so you can feel great and reach your goals. 

Keep It Fun. 

Have you ever picked up an old textbook and read it just for the heck of it? Probably not. I know some of my old health science textbooks are getting pretty dusty in my bookcase! But, when was the last time you picked up your favorite novel or returned to a TV show you love? Last week? Yesterday? Right before reading this article? 

Why does this happen? To be blunt, textbooks aren’t fun! Sure, we know they’re full of information and good for us, but they’re just so dull!  

When you treat your eating plan like an old textbook, it’s hard to stay excited about it. Instead, treat it like the novel — make it fun. 

Pick out some new healthy recipes to try and make them with your whole family.

Have a “Healthy Girls Night” where you have your pals over for healthy treats and movie.

Or, ask a friend to do the eating plan with you and text encouragements to each other every day. Like this...


When the plan is fun, it feels easy! And when it feels easy, you’ll keep going. 

Set Mini Goals…And Celebrate! 


It’s wonderful to have a long term goal. But if you want to lose 20 pounds or more, it’s not going to happen overnight. If you wait to celebrate your one long term goal, it can be hard to stay motivated. 

Instead, give yourself mini goals. Aim to lose 5 pounds, do 10 sit ups, or fit into an old dress. Whatever the goal, just make sure it’s something you could do in 4-6 weeks. 

As you reach your goals — celebrate! Go see a movie, take a trip to the park with your family, or treat yourself to a mani-pedi. Achieving a small goal is a big deal. And you add celebration and excitement to your healthy lifestyle, you become even more likely to reach your goals!  

Remember Your Why. 

Throughout your journey remember why you want to change your life. For me, my "why" is my family. I want to be around for my sons and husband. And I can only stay an active part of their lives (for many, many years to come, God willing) if I take care of myself. 

Remembering your "why" will keep you motivated when you’re feeling down. It can rekindle that “new program excitement” even if you’re months into your plan. 

I recommend putting your "why" all around the house. Put it on the fridge, in your office, even on your bedside table. Whether it’s a picture, a few words on a piece of paper, or a whole glittery vision board (hey this can be fun, too!), it doesn’t matter. As long as you see your "why" on a daily basis, you’ll keep going. 

If you ever feel like you’re losing motivation or having a hard time, please reach out. The Beyond Diet Community is here for you! And we’re ready to buck you up when you’re down or celebrate all those mini goals right along with you. 

Whether you’re just starting a program or you’re right in the middle of your journey, remember — you’re doing something wonderful. You’re changing your life. And that should make you pretty excited. 

Comments

Linda
I’m doing very well, finished super cleanse and lost 5 lbs. And still continous eating healthy foods in BD. Thankx alot.
Sabrina Bowen
Your first tip made me laugh. I only read text books, and always for fun. Guess I'm weird like that.
Dolores Al-Mashouq
This was so great to hear as I felt this is happening to me now! Over a month and a half ago I injured my inner thigh muscle. I was in pain and unable to walk or move. Going up and downstairs in our home was very painful. I went tobthe doctor to have it checked out. As always, by the time I had an appointment to see the specialist the pain subsided. Only to discover that I had gained 9 pounds from this injury. Not ablevto continue my walking or do my exercise routine had me gaining weight again! My eating habits also took a hit. Hit. I am now on a determination to get back on track. After reading this blog, the motivation to be healthy for myself and my family must be a priority to get back on track once again. Keep thinking positive. I am a 61 year okd who resides overseas, out of 4 adult children,, my husband (whom I love dearly but insists on not being healthy but deoends on medication), 2 are very supportive in helping us think about health. Thank you for the encouragement!

Categories

  1. Balance   
       26 posts
  1. Healthy Eating   
       15 posts
  1. Gluten Free   
       6 posts
  1. Inspiration   
       6 posts
  1. Parenting   
       5 posts
  1. Clean Eating   
       4 posts
  1. Cheat Day   
       3 posts
  1. Meal Planning   
       3 posts
  1. Guest Post   
       2 posts

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