And envision these:
Make it a habit
Consider this: About 40 percent of our daily actions are because of our ingrained habits rather than by an actual decision we make. So, obviously, the habits we form or reform are extremely important. Deciding to change an undesirable habit doesn't happen overnight; it relies heavily upon a solid pledge over a period of time. Gathering the willpower to remain active or to eat healthier, for example, requires a commitment to something larger than us. It also helps to have a support system in place for times of weakness. Sometimes a friend's gentle reminder or nudge off the sofa is all the inspiration we need to put us back on the right track.
Back to the scales
If you're one who's trying to shed a few pounds and firm up underused muscles, why not think about all the things you could gain if you lose. Instead of concentrating on numbers, it might be interesting to take note of other important markers, such as your energy level, your mood, the way your clothes fit, how you sleep, how your skin looks, how your hair shines. And you'll take pride in the example you're setting for those around you. Don't be surprised if after you lose a little, you gain a lot.
Cindy Boggs, wellness presenter and author, is an ACE-certified instructor/trainer. Send your questions about fitness, training or health to cindys...@aol.com. Look for her award-winning fitness advice book, "CindySays ... You Can Find Health in Your Hectic World" on her website, www.cindysays.com.