The Best Gift Ever is the Gift To Love Yourself

The Best Gift Ever is the Gift To Love Yourself

The Best Gift Ever is the Gift To Love Yourself

by Jesse J. Leyva

Owner of
Jesse James Fit  & Outlaw Fitcamp


It’s the new year, and everyone seems pumped about going to the gym, eating clean, and exercising. A large portion of those at the gym and around you may be New Years resolutioners — good for them. But remember: being consistent is an important factor of success with any weight loss program or goal setting as well as a strong support system from family, friends, and co-workers.

We’ve seen it year after year, a large portion of those resolutioners will trickle out of the gym and lose interest or find reasons why they cannot go to the gym. If you are serious about losing the weight, you must stay consistent daily, weekly, and monthly. Ideally, an active lifestyle shouldn’t be a trend in your life but rather a common habit for your health, mind, body and spirit.

Decide how bad you want to achieve your goals, then make a decision and stick with it. Know that this is your journey and that you choose to live healthier for yourself and those you love. It is time to love yourself and put yourself on your to-do list. For the ones making comments about your weight loss goals, have a chat with them and remember these guidelines below:

Build Your Support Team:
I’ve seen many women struggle with negativity from family, friendships and their surroundings, which can hinder their personal growth. Let your friends, family and co-workers know that this is important to you and coach them on how to be supportive for you. Ask them to give positive input and not negative reminders of being on a “diet.”

Get Your Spouse Involved:
Have them become an active part of your program. Compromise with them … if they eat healthy five days out of the week with
you, you will then let them choose one meal of choice their choice. Make your spouse feel invited to participate in your activities, and if all else fails, remind your spouse that sex is cardio that can burn lots of calories. That should get them on board if nothing else works.

Develop Healthy Incentives:
Instead of rewarding yourself with sweets, go for a movie or set up a vacation as motivation – a goal to buy new gym clothes when you reach one of your small goals. These incentives will help keep temptation away.

You’re On Your Own:
You must realize this is your journey and yours alone – your goals and no one else’s. You cannot rely on anyone to achieve these goals for you – it’s your work, dedication and discipline, not your friends, family or even a fitness professional. The choice is yours and the reward is yours.

Why It’s Called A Journey:
During the time period of your weight loss goal from beginning to achievement, you will go through a transformation. This transformation can be many things from building confidence, your physical appearance, your surroundings and your mindset. This means taking care of yourself and being comfortable in your own skin to where you can say to yourself “I LOVE MYSELF” and honestly feel that way. If you feel some are dragging you down with negativity, this is a cleansing time and most likely the best time to distance yourself from negativity because it can be the worst obstacle along your journey.

The message I want everyone to know is taking care of yourself starts in the mirror, the person staring back needs your help more than you realize. Until you release the negative obstacles around you, can you begin to truly find happiness with yourself, friends, family, work, love and life? As you become healthier you become stronger, physically and mentally. This journey has a way of opening up the mind with belief in yourself and confidence. Every person deserves that!

Love yourself in 2019 by staying consistently determined to make progress in your health and wellbeing!

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