It's been fifteen years since my obesity. I've picked up a few tricks along the way that have helped me maintain good health habits for the long-term. I hope you find them helpful:
Anticipation - The night before, I lay out my work out clothes for the next day. These are usually colorful and fun. They put me in a good mood while I have them on. I already am looking forward to working out the next day.
Determination - I have a strong need to work out. However, there are days that back-to-back client appointments and my kids' schedules, simply will not allow the traditional hour-long work out session. On those days, I keep my work out clothes on all day. Any spare few minutes that I get between appointments, I do some choreo for Zumba, or any exercise you can do without equipment, such as squats, lunges, push-ups, ab crunches. You can do these virtually anywhere. Yes, I am that weird lady waiting at the cash register at Fry's doing heel raises. Don't scoff... I've got pretty strong calves!
Maintenance - Aside from eating clean, naturopathic, massage, and chiropractic are formidable tools in my arsenal to stay injury-free. Unlike when I first started teaching, when I used to wait til I became injured before I would see my wellness practitioners, I now see them on an infrequent, but regular basis. Being proactive rather than reactive has its merits, I'm finding out as I work longer in my field.
Preparation - At any given night, I have a frozen home-cooked meal in my refrigerator. If you've been reading my blogs, you already know that I prepare multiple meals at once. One of those meals will almost always inadvertently make its way to the freezer, waiting for a night when I simply do not have the time, energy or inclination to cook. I am never at the mercy of takeout or having to go out. What I need is already at home.
Prioritization - My kids, they are my priority! I remind myself of this whenever I get the urge to be lazy and buy boxed foods. I care so much what goes into my boys' developing bodies that I am always incentivized to seek out the best tasting food that has nothing artificial, GMOs, pesticides, or preservatives in them. Going out to eat is reserved for special occasions. I do not want to deny my boys the experience of different kinds of cooking so I practice the 85-15 rule: Be good and reasonable 85% of the time, go for it 15% of the time.
Zeal - I love the people around me. My spouse, my children, the people that work out with me, they are main reasons I keep healthy. I do it so I can be around longer and be there for them completely. I wake up every morning excited by the prospects of what I can do for myself, for my family, for others. And I always look forward to learning. Besides formal studies (which I keep up on a daily basis), my students and clients have been a source of knowledge and education for me. I love what I do, and that's why I keep doing it. The formats that I teach and the work outs I do on my own keep me motivated to move, and I am so grateful for the opportunity and benefits of movement. I look forward to being active for a very long time.