Day 2 The Next Day of the Rest of Your Life

Welcome to the second day of the rest of your life!
 
Yesterday you set the foundations for your new mindset and attitude towards changing your habits to the healthier lifestyle: you now have a clearer picture of what lies ahead of you, and your mind is more prepared to accept it.

Today we will work on making your new mindset more clear – today is about motivation, and about some new habits that you should begin establishing.
 

Take One Day at a Time

One of the biggest challenges that you will be facing will be (or perhaps already is) the fear of the unknown, and scaring yourself thinking about the long term. While it’s all perfectly normal, you should understand this: no one expects you to change your life altogether at once.

You’ve already gone through the first day, and now you’re working your way through the second – and that’s how you should approach every next day: one day at a time. Every journey consists of small steps that you have to make, and this one is no different. Just say to yourself: “I’m just going to do the same again today – healthy eating, a little exercise…”. You’re already on your way to change your old unhealthy habits – just keep on doing what you’ve already done. Today. And then again tomorrow.

You saw that you can do it, and it’s good enough reason to feel good about yourself. Imagine how good you’ll feel when you look back and say: “Hey, I’m already on my 10th, 20th, 30th day!” And then imagine how great it will be when you stop counting the days. 🙂 />

Every little achievement is a cause for celebration!
 

Give Yourself a Break

Even if you slip and eat something that you think you shouldn’t – it’s OK. You will do better tomorrow. Slim people who eat healthy also take a slice of cake occasionally – it’s their general attitude towards eating and exercises that keeps them fit and healthy. That’s the mindset you should strive for.

Your diet plan, your workouts aren’t a punishment for your unhealthy eating or spending an evening watching a movie – they’re a part of the way of life that you’re accepting because it makes you feel good, confident and healthy.

It’s the general attitude that matters, so stay positive about the life you’ve chosen, and give yourself a break.
 

Be Social

You’re not the only one struggling with weight problems – there are so many people out there who take part in different weight loss strategies, so why don’t you connect with them? It will mean a lot to have emotional support on your journey, so share your goals, your thoughts and your progress with the others – at your gym or workplace, or find a support group in your local community – or online.

There are numerous online support communities that you can join, including the forums, groups on social media sites (Facebook offers many possibilities, it’s also a good place to start looking for a group in your local community) – and of course, this website and our Facebook page.

Just like you don’t have to do it all at once – you don’t have to do it alone. When you get in touch with others who are doing the same thing as you, you are opening yourself up to the new ways of thinking and doing things that will remove the feeling of “healthy lifestyle” as something that only people who aren’t you can have. By including these new people in your life, you’re also including yourself in this new life, allowing you to feel like you belong there.

You’re not alone, so there’s no need to feel like you are.
 

Plan Ahead

meal plannerUntil now, you were buying food by default, and eating what you would find in the fridge, or in that bakery/restaurant near your office. Now that you’ve emptied your fridge and that you have new foods to explore, you can’t rely on the old default way of acquiring food, so you need to establish some new habits.

Plan your food shopping.

Plan your food shopping carefully, and try to buy more on fewer occasions. When shopping, keep in mind to include a wide range of healthy foods to keep in your fridge and freezer.

Prepare food at home.

Home made food will make you in complete control of what you’re eating, not to mention that you’ll save a lot of money this way. Also you could start bringing the food that you prepared for lunch at work.

Plan when you will eat.

A steady breakfast is a must, don’t skip it. Try to eat before you go to work, or leave home, and include lots of protein, so that it can keep you full for a long time. In between meals and snacks, drink lots of water. Don’t go long periods without eating though.

Try to always carry a snack with you.

#ither a healthy energy bar, or something you made, but do try to have it with you so that you’re not at the mercy of your hunger in the unexpected situations.

Tomorrow we will talk about how you should go about exploring new foods to find what else is out there, and how to get accustomed to the new tastes. It will be fun!