Take it slowly and progressively. Make small changes in your exercise and diet routines over a period of time. For example, only have two sodas per week instead of three, until you completely free yourself of the urge to drink soda, as oppsoed to going cold turkey. Incorporate one day a week of walking/jogging for 30 minutes and add a day each week until you’re walking/jogging at least 4 days a week.

Celebrate small achievements along the way. When you conquer things along the way to your larger goal reward yourself with something productive. New workout clothes can be a great motivation to workout more. Other rewards include a trip to the movies (minus the buttery popcorn), those shoes you’ve been eyeing, or a relaxing massage and spa day. It can realy help you to make progress when there’s a treat dangling over it, however, never use unhealthy treats as a reward.

Find the motivation. It’s easy to set a goal we want to achieve. The real work comes with finding the motivation to achieve it. Give yourself emotional stimuli that evoke motivation. For example, you can justify waking up at 6am to go to the gym because you love your children and your family and you want to be there for them for a long time. You want to be able to have the energy to play with your grandchildren. You’re looking forward to being a healthy example for your family and friends.

No matter your starting point, finding a healthy diet and exercise redimen that you can stick to is key.

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