11. Don’t keep unhealthy snacks in the house.
Think of yourself as the ghost baseball players from Field of Dreams and snacks as the cleared cornfield baseball diamond: if it’s there, you will come. Get rid of unhealthy snacks like chips, crackers, sugary cereals, cookies, ice cream etc and instead fill your house only with filling, healthy snacks like fruit, jerky, nuts, unsweetened yogurt, and vegetables.
There’s nothing wrong with falling off the wagon every once and awhile and buying a bag of Doritos, we are only human, but if you don’t have junk food in your house and you have to physically go to the store to get it, you are much less likely to go through with it.
12. Get a fitness tracker
You don’t have to be one of those annoying people who posts their daily stats on every social media outlet, but a fitness tracker can help you privately achieve your goals. Just knowing how much you move every day can encourage you to do more.
Competing with friends can be fun, too, but sometimes just competing with yourself can be all you need to get going.
13. Try different kinds of workouts until you find one you actually enjoy.
There are a million different ways to work out. If you hate running: don’t! If you are too fidgety to make it through a whole yoga class: don’t sweat it (pun intended). If all you want to do is learn how to hurl one of those giant logs like the Scottish people do: look, life is short, you do you.
Try signing up for a variety of workout classes and see what you like. Lots of gyms allow for a free trial of one class and places like the YMCA offer a variety of classes at lots of different levels. There’s no shame in leaving a class you hate halfway, through, either.
14. Eat breakfast!
Breakfast is an easy meal to make healthy, just skip the sweet stuff. Making a healthy breakfast before work or school can seem like a time suck, but be honest, making a quick plate of eggs takes about the same amount of time as stopping at a coffee shop for a muffin.
You may have heard the old adage “breakfast is the most important meal of the day” and that’s not exactly true (it’s important to eat all your meals!) but eating a filling, healthy breakfast can make you feel fuller throughout the day and less likely to snack.
Buy cute workout clothes.
It’s always better to go to the gym if you look great going there. Buy some cute workout clothes and get excited to wear them!