#1 Trick Your Brain: Tuesday morning I woke up and really didn't want to work out. So I told myself that I would just start the day by running down the street and back. By the time I got to the end of the street, I decided that I could go a little further, so I went to the park. Then I took a detour then another and another and before I realized it I had run farther and longer than I ever had before. I ran 13 miles (a half marathon) in 2 ½ hours.
#2 Allow Some Room In Your Eating Plan: It's important to allow yourself to eat the things you love. An eating plan where you cut all of your favorites out is bound to fail (this is especially true for kids). I allow myself three of what I call "Crash Coupons" per week. I can trade a crash coupon in for a slice of pizza or a glass of wine. I don't believe in bad foods. I believe in moderation.
#3 Limit Stress: Stress is a killer of all things healthy. Stress actually raises the cortisol levels in your body which will make you crave comfort food and also makes your body hold on to fat. Try taking yourself out of stressful situations by going for a walk. Also make some time for relaxation every week such as a massage or bubble bath. Whatever you need to do to unwind.
#4 Only Compete Against Yourself: A lot of people suffer from the gym-timidation. When you have a few lbs to lose, it's not easy to go into a gym where you think everyone is watching you. Just try to remember that you are the only person you have to impress. Take a stop watch to the gym and record the time it takes you to do a circuit or activity. Then do it again a few days later to beat your time. It turns working out into a game and makes it a lot more fun.
#5 Accountability: Having a trainer is great because they hold you accountable for working out. Unfortunately, personal training can be a little pricy. So find a friend or family member who also wants to work out more and eat better. Then hold each other accountable. There is power in numbers.