If you feel discouraged by what you see in your mirror, put it away for a while. Checking your mirror too often or too soon is a bad fitness strategy- if it discourages you. People often lose interest in working out if they don’t see fast results.
Checking your mirror for visible results from your diet and exercise efforts can be like watching the second hand on a clock while waiting for an entire day to pass. Time doesn’t feel like an unstoppable force while watching a second hand.
In the beginning of your fitness journey, your mirror can’t reveal the full story of your fitness progress, the changes underway that require passage of time to become visible.
You’re a work in progress and you need encouragement. Instead of a focus on what’s visible in your mirror your focus needs to be on attainable daily fitness goals. A focus on good habits brings fitness into view. It’s easy to believe that good habits lead to good results but how soon visible results will appear brings a totally different paradigm into consideration.
If you don’t quit too soon it’s impossible not to get visible results from good habits. Focus on daily consistency of good habits, to increase their value.
Decide to develop an all-around fitness plan for yourself instead of being discouraged or feeling badly about yourself.
If you don’t quit too soon you’ll inevitably see the changes that start taking place immediately- changes that typically aren’t visible on the outside of your body when you first begin a personal fitness program.
Start with goals unrelated to your mirror. The goal of doing daily workouts would be fabulous, regardless of how brief a workout is. A grocery shopping goal like getting to the checkout with zero processed foods in your cart would be awesome. Make zero a good thing!
Don’t be too hard on yourself. Despite what we see in magazines, a perfect body has never been an attainable goal for anyone. Photoshop has wide popularity for a reason.
You deserve to feel good about yourself for developing good habits related to daily exercise and healthy food shopping. Be proud of yourself each day you meet your goals. If you fall short on a day, put that day in the past- where it already is.
Fitness is a beautiful process and the smallest healthy goal is part of that process. You’ll expand your goals when you’re able. Doing each day what’s within your personal power to be fit should make you proud of yourself and give you peace of mind.
Give yourself an emotional & psychological boost by trying each day to be the best you can be.
The inner character traits required to stick to your fitness plan will blend with the physical results of working out. You’re gradually creating a new and improved you, from the inside out.
In the beginning you must encourage yourself. Your challenge is to do what’s within your personal power to be the best version of yourself possible.
Never forget that good habits produce good results and that desirable results from exercise and eating are inevitable for those who don’t quit too soon. The real question is: what good habits are at the top of either your “must do” or “do now” list?
If looking into a mirror works against you stick it in the drawer. Eventually the mirror can re-emerge and you’ll like what the mirror is revealing.