Set Boundaries To Get and Stay Fit

Set Boundaries To Get and Stay Fit.1Most of us are under the misconception that fit people work hard and spend most of their lives deprived in order to achieve their amazing bodies. Nothing could be farther from the truth.

It’s all about boundaries. When you were a child your parents set boundaries around you. They were the authority on what was or wasn’t acceptable behavior. You had to complete your chores before dinner. You had to finish your homework before going out to play. You had to eat all your vegetables before dessert. If you failed to comply with these boundaries then you knew that there would be consequences.

As an adult you, and only you, are the authority on what is or isn’t acceptable behavior. You are in the position to set boundaries around yourself. These boundaries serve as a framework of order around you – a rock of support in an otherwise chaotic world. With self-imposed boundaries you can assure your success in anything…specifically with weight loss. Your fitness boundaries have to be self-imposed—no one is going to do it for you. Don’t look at this as a bad thing! Self-imposed boundaries are self-empowering.

Set Boundaries To Get and Stay Fit.2Your Fitness Boundaries

It’s time to introduce boundaries back into your life. These boundaries are the key to unleashing your ideal fit and healthy body.

1. Fitness Boundary One: What you eat If you were to be perfectly honest with me, you could list off the foods that are unhealthy and fattening. So why are you still eating them? You know that refined, fried, processed and sugary foods are not good for you. Place boundaries around what you will allow yourself to eat. Acceptable food items include whole foods, vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and lean meats.

2. Fitness Boundary Two: How you exercise I know that you’re not an Olympic athlete, but that doesn’t mean that you can simply pass on exercise. By now you are well aware of the host of benefits that exercise provides. With regular exercise you’ll look great, feel amazing and have more energy than ever. Place boundaries around how often you must exercise. Choose exercise that is challenging and fun – don’t be afraid to try new activities that improve your strength and endurance.

3. Fitness Boundary Three: When you indulge Let’s face it, we live in a world where indulging has become the norm, rather than the exception. When you live life without fitness boundaries, everyday is an opportunity to indulge. These indulgences all add up quickly, causing your clothes to become tight and your energy levels to drop. Place boundaries around when you can indulge. You’ll find that by limiting your indulgences you’ll end up enjoying them even more.

Putting It In Action

Sit down and take a long, hard look at your lifestyle. Are you eating as healthy as you could be? Are you exercising 3-5 times each week? Are you indulging too often? Answer the following questions:

What 3 food items can I eliminate from my daily diet? (These should be nutritionally void items like high-calories beverages, fast food, packaged snacks, high-fat food, candy or desserts.)

When can I schedule exercise into my week? (Pick 3-5 days, and select a specific timeframe. Example: I’m going to exercise on Monday, Wednesday and Fridays from 5am-6am.)

Set Boundaries To Get and Stay Fit.3When will I allow myself to indulge? (Don’t go overboard here, especially if you need to lose weight. Enjoy a treat a couple times each month, and do so guilt-free knowing that you’ve maintained healthy food boundaries the rest of the time. Remember that self-imposed boundaries are self-empowering. Fitness boundaries put your fitness results on autopilot. If you know what constitutes an acceptable meal, then choosing what to eat just got a whole lot easier. If you’re committed to exercising 3 times a week, soon it becomes second nature.

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7 thoughts on “Set Boundaries To Get and Stay Fit

  • November 14, 2009 at 4:01 am

    This is a great, well-written topic! I like that you’ve given a new, fresh way of looking at it, and acknowledged the desire to occassionally have ‘sometimes’ foods. I totally agree with this philosophy, as I believe declaring ANY food off-limits leads to resentment, feelings of deprivation and bingeing.

    • November 14, 2009 at 2:28 pm

      Glad you like the article. Stop by and give us feedback again sometime.

  • November 14, 2009 at 10:16 am

    Great piece. Feeling guilty about indulging can be stressful and counterproductive! I’ve been hitting the Y regularly and had a tough day today since I gained some weight while not changing my routine. It was disheartening but I’m hoping next week will be different.

    • November 14, 2009 at 2:27 pm

      Thanks for stopping by. So glad you liked this article. I know how you feel about gaining weight on the same routine. Sometimes you need to mix it up a bit.

  • November 14, 2009 at 3:55 pm

    Ouch to #1- I do know what I shouldn’t be eating…need to make better choices for sure! Thanks for the reminder (and kick in the pants =)

  • November 14, 2009 at 7:27 pm

    Great post with some really good tips. My thing is making exercise a priority. I start doing everything for my family and work and all of a sudden its 11pm. I am going to try to use your tips and take care of myself.

  • November 15, 2009 at 5:46 am

    Hi Divina and Melissa. So glad this post will be helpful for you. Thanks for stopping by. I really appreciate it.


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