What I Learned From Building a Foundation for Fitness, Part 3

Yoga MatLast year, in the spring of 2013, I took a virtual workshop called Building a Foundation for Fitness, which was taught by my friend Amy Christensen, the owner of Expand Outdoors. Since I lost weight and ran in the fun run at my daughter’s school, people have continued to ask how I did it. Part of it was the amazing products produced by Isagenix, but the other reason for my success was Amy’s incredible workshop. In fact, I think if it had not been for Amy’s workshop, I would not be 40 pounds lighter or regularly practicing yoga.

Why was Amy’s workshop so helpful? I thought about it and made a list. The list got so long, I had to split it into three parts. (You can read Part 1 here and Part 2 here.) This is the third and final list of things that I learned from Building a Foundation for Fitness:

  1. FIND WHAT MOTIVATES YOU—Spend some time with a journal and discover what truly motivates you. Use that to super-charge your workouts rather than a number on the scale. It will make a difference.
  2. REWARD YOURSELF—Just like motivation, this will differ with every person. But definitely reward yourself when you reach your health and exercise goals.
  3. GO EASY ON YOURSELF—None of us are perfect. Mistakes and backsliding will happen. Know you can always start again tomorrow. Healthier living is a process, not a scorecard.
  4. SMALL CHANGES ADD UP—Cut back on soda, walk ten minutes per day, eat more vegetables. Any change, no matter how small, adds up over time. Start small and grow with time. It works.
  5. COMMIT TO THE LONG-TERM—Change takes time, so stick with it.

Are any of these tips new to you? Which tip did you find most helpful?

Until next time,
Cynthia Patton

About Cynthia J. Patton

Writer, Editor, Advocate, Speaker, Special Needs Attorney, and Autism Mom. Also the Founder and Chairperson of Autism A to Z, a nonprofit providing resources and solutions for life on the spectrum.
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