We’ll admit it—it’s hard not to invest time, laughter and tears into weight-loss shows like ‘The Biggest Loser’ or ‘Celebrity Fit Club’. You cross your fingers for contestants through their low points, cheer on their successes, and—no shame!—wish you could be a contestant to find that motivation in your own life! Emotionally draining, right? Doesn’t have to be.
Your weight loss saga can have a happy ending too, no casting call for the newest fitness reality show necessary. It’s not a celebrity trainer you need—it’s a change of habit. Jillian Michaels, former host of ‘The Biggest Loser’, has even said: “At the end of the day, your health is your responsibility.” We couldn’t agree more… your personal habits are completely up to you!
The number one reason people continue bad habits? Excuses. Ever heard these before?
• I’m dieting, but not losing weight.
• I’m embarrassed to exercise around others.
• I don’t have the time.
Fear not, reality star wanna
bes: you can kick these mentalities to the curb. Studies have shown that 21 days are all it takes to make or break a habit. And you don’t have to do it alone! Personal trainers and boot camps are a financial investment but worth it.
We challenge you to put all that negative energy to rest and be the star of your own reality. Change your current habits now for a lifestyle (and physique!) you’ll benefit from forever.
The 21-Day Habit Challenge:
• Step One: Repetition.
Habits are formed through prioritizing and repetition. Don’t choose if you are going to exercise… decide when. To get jaw dropping results, exercise and healthy eating aren’t things we do ‘now and then’—rather, they’re essential elements of daily life. Over time, your changes will become a consistent part of your day, an element of your weekly routine and eventually concrete habits.
Exhibit A: Research shows that few people—including the obese—lose weight through diet alone. To torch those calories and see results, you must combine regular exercise with lowered calorie consumption. Quick fixes? Nibble on fruit instead of chips for that mid-afternoon snack. Pay for classes or training sessions you’ll feel guilty not using! Whatever it takes to build consistency.
And hard to believe, but there will come a day when you can’t remember your life without daily exercise! Those endorphins are no myth, people.
• Step Two: Rewards System.
True, your weight-loss program won’t always yield immediate results—it may take one to two months for concrete physical change (that’s where repetition comes into play). Even so, some rewards are completely immediate: hello, changes in your energy level and new confidence!
Treat yourself to little rewards for achieving short term goals you set and meet. Run three miles straight without stopping? Go buy a new outfit for that trim little figure you’ve been sporting. Celebrating small successes makes the fitness journey more exciting!
And don’t be embarrassed to exercise around others. Choosing an exercise class or gym means more support and accountability for those days you don’t want to work out… and we all know the best reward of all is being told how good you’re looking!
21 days, a lifetime of healthier habits… can you do it? Even a personal trainer to the stars like Jillian Michaels knows you can. After all, your health is your responsibility!