Starting your 12 week Body-for-LIFE® program can be a very exciting time for many individuals.
You are motivated and excited to start seeing some great changes in your body. For
some people it is difficult to stay focused and motivated. Particularly in the 6th
and 7th week, some of that motivation and excitement may start to
dwindle. For those individuals, below are some tips to help ensure you will
make it through the entire 12 weeks of your challenge:
1. When you start your program tell everyone you are
starting a body transformation program.
That way they will ask you about your progress and you will
feel more accountable since others will be expecting to see changes in your
body. Also when others are aware you are working to make a change they may
notice small differences that you don’t. This is extra motivation that can be a
great catalyst to keep you going.
2. Reward yourself as you go along. Rewards do not have to be in the form of food. You could
treat yourself to a stress-reducing massage or a shopping trip.
Recognize and reward yourself for all accomplishments you make during your
challenge, even your smaller accomplishments. For example, you may be able to run
farther, lift heavier weights, have reduced stress levels and be sleeping
better at night. That way, you will be more conscious of all the positive things
that have occurred since you started your challenge. Focus on all the positive
things you have gained from participating in this program, not all the foods
you had to give up.
3. Plan a trip, event, or plan to attend a special occasion
at the end of your 12 week program.
Maybe you have a class reunion, or an extended family
wedding coming up and want to look your absolute best seeing people in your
life that haven’t seen you in a while. Or you could plan a beach vacation.
There are not many things that can motivate people more than knowing you will
have to be in a bathing suit again in the near future.
how come do I continue with the program if I have to go to my country for 1 month?
I've just finished week 3. I'm very proud of myself and am noticing subtle changes. I'm a 46 year old female, 5' 8" and currently weigh 157 lbs. 2 weeks ago, my body fat percentage was 31,1%. I keep using the bathroom scale as my measure of success. It isn't changing much. I look at the transformations of others that have completed BFL and can't imagine experiencing such changes in the next 9 weeks. What can I expect from week to week?
Wonderful article! I am toward the end of my 5th week and needed a little "boost". Good to know it hits a lot of people at this point in their challenge. Thanks!
Hi to everyone, my name is Dawn and I am starting the challenge on April 8th 2012... I am very excited, but nervous as well.... I hope to have lots of friends on here that can keep me strong.