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We have become a nation of instant gratification. Thanks to technology, we expect things to literally be at our fingertips at any given moment. Because of this, when we don’t receive the favorable results we’re after, we tend to think it’s not worth it and move on. But some circumstances take time, in fact they take an entire lifetime.

A healthy lifestyle is not something achieved in a matter of moments, that is why it’s a lifestyle.

A diet is not a lifestyle it’s a temporary fix for a permanent issue. There will always be temptation to eat, or an excuse not to work out, but when we change our way of thinking and view it as a lifestyle change we’ll see daily gratification in our new habits.

One of the questions to ask yourself and truly understand before diving into a healthy lifestyle change is:

What is your motivation to improve your life? (Do you have kids and want to lead by example? Or do you think if you lose weight and keep it off, it opens the romantic possibilities?)

Taking the first step is always the hardest, but once you do, you won’t look back with regret.

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