Good advice is hard to come by - especially when it comes to diet and fitness tips. Check out these words of wisdom from Jillian and successful JillianMichaels.com members who were once in the same spot as you.
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to living a healthier lifestyle is tough — and rest assured you will
face challenges every single day. When times
get tough, consult this list of tried-and-true tips from JillianMichaels.com members
who have been there, done that, and succeeded — along with some additional feedback from Jillian!
Tip #1 and #2: Get Motivated!
thing that is necessary is to stay positive and get rid of all the negative
thinking. I hung up affirmations on my bathroom mirror to look at as reminders."— Fit4Life2012
have to ask yourself why you want to lose weight. If it is for a short
term reason (i.e. a wedding, a reunion, etc.), what is going to keep the weight
off long term?" — NutritionSeeker
Adds: These are such great tips that are applicable to everyone. If you're not
into daily affirmations, consider posting a picture of when you looked your
BEST on your fridge to stop you from late-night snacking. Short-term goals are
great, but you definitely need to think long term as well,
think big picture — your daughter's wedding or a high school reunion,
don't you want to look your best for those events whenever they actually
Tip #3: Get Perspective!
"Too many times we
concentrate on that one number on the scale. We don't pay attention to
the subtle changes that are happening to our bodies: Our waists becoming
more narrow, stomachs getting flatter, arms toning, and hips getting smaller. If you are doing the circuits, eating within limits, and
keeping your cardio up, you will be in better shape and your clothes will fit
you better. Keep working at it and eventually pounds will drop." — Valerie0118
Jillian Adds: Valerie0118 raises some really great points — so jot these
down, buddy! Do not fixate on the scale. Yes, the number is a reflection of all
of the hard work you've been doing on your body, but it's important to also
take into account how you look and feel. Are your clothes fitting you better?
Do you have more energy? These are important effects too!
Tip #4: Get Focused!
me, staying focused is pretty simple. Not always easy, but I read healthy things, I study health, nutrition, and fitness. The websites I
visit are "healthy" and I use social networking sites like Facebook
to connect with other members for additional support. I do not visit gossip sites to see what Brad
and Angie are up to. I focus on ME instead!" — Motivated
Adds: Right on, Motivated Mountain Queen. Sticking to a healthy lifestyle is
all about keeping your focus. It's easy to fall off of the wagon and start
feeling unmotivated, but the best way to stick with the program is to
concentrate on how you feel and how these changes are having a positive effect
on your health. I am all for using social
sites as a healthy network, but if clicking around on Facebook is bringing you
down — cut out that habit too.
Tip #5: Get Moving!
"Try setting small,
attainable goals and working UP from there. For example: "I will work out for
at least 30 minutes, three times this week." Next week add 10 minutes or
add an extra day. YOU have to determine what YOUR motivation is and work from
there!" — Jenniferleah
Adds: I am always stressing attainable goals. I'm not advising
you to keep your expectations low, but making BIG, overarching goals is just
setting yourself up for failure. Set short-term goals that you are confident
you can accomplish. Goals are a great way to keep yourself motivated.
Tip #6: Get Support!
hired a personal trainer. I hadn't worked out a day in my life before I did. She helped me understand what I
was doing right/wrong and has put me on a path of what to do. We meet once
every other week or every week. I have to lose 100 pounds and I finally feel
empowered to go to the gym." — Kac0175
Adds: A trainer is a great person to hold you accountable and keep you
motivated. I know that a lot of you may not be able to afford a personal
trainer, but if you have a membership to JillianMichaels.com, a personal coach
is just a small extra fee. Another option is sharing a session with a friend,
you can usually split the price!
Tip #7: Get Cooking!
"I like to make sure
my fresh produce is taken care of right away when I get in from shopping. I trim the stems of fresh herbs then wrap them in a paper towel and place in a small glass of
water for storage in the fridge. I keep salad greens in a container with a
paper towel to keep moisture away from the leaves. I wash all fruit and store for quick on-the-go snack convienence." — Jenniferleah
Jillian Adds: I
practice this tip every day! I'm constantly on the go, so I'm always keeping
healthy snacks in my purse — like small bags of organic almonds or
cherry tomatoes. Planning meals and snacks ahead of time will help you stick to
your calorie count. Find a weekend day where you can set aside some time to
prepare snacks or meals, that way when your week takes a crazy turn, you can
still stick with your healthy diet.
Tip #8: Get Energized!
things are those things I put into motion when I'm feeling like crap. So, I've made it a practice,
when I notice this happening, to think of three things I know I can do, at that
particular time, to feel better. It generally involves activities like taking a
shower, putting on clean clothes, having a healthy snack or meal, or spending
15 minutes straightening my apartment. Weather permitting, a
brief walk also works. Good music helps. The key is to make it simple
and achievable, so that I can break free of the jam I'm in." —
Jillian Adds: It's so easy to get distracted or bored and turn to food for comfort or
entertainment. Half-Marathon Sue offers some great ideas for creating a healthy
habit out of a bad one. If you usually hit fast-food joints when you feel like
this, spend the time to make a healthy snack. Do anything to keep your mind off
of the unhealthy behavior and you'll be less likely to do it.
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