FEATURED COLUMN by Jodi Cornelio: Motivation for a new year of health

By Jodi Cornelio

Is this year going to be your year for a healthier, happier you? If so, it’s all about your head, not your body. You need to tell yourself who you’re going to be and what you are going to do every day to become that person.

If you think it, you will become it. Tell yourself who and what you are every day in a very positive statement, and your body will follow where your mind goes. Surround yourself with positive thoughts and positive statements. You can even put posters around your house with motivational statements.
Some of my favorite motivational quotes are:
“You get what you work for, not what you wish for.”
“Strength doesn’t come from what you can do, it comes from overcoming the thing you once thought you couldn’t.”
“Discipline is doing what you know needs to happen even if you don’t want to do it.”
Tell yourself you are strong and disciplined and willing to work for it. Talking to yourself in a positive manner will keep you on track with your goals. Stay away from the negative naysayers or the teasers who try to derail your program.
Put yourself first when it comes to your health. Not having time for your health is a poor excuse because good health gives you more time on this earth. Start every day by saying to yourself, “YEAH! I’m going to feel great today, I get to work out and I get to eat healthy.”
Feeling good is not negative, so why should working out and eating right be a punishment? It should be something to appreciate every day. Telling yourself that you get to work out and you get to eat healthy is so much more positive than saying “I have to work out and I have to eat healthy.” Celebrate good health and make it enjoyable and positive.
Here are some more fun quotes to keep you motivated in 2019:
“Create healthy habits, not restrictions.”
“The only bad workout is the one that didn’t happen.”
“I’m not losing weight, I’m getting rid of it; I have no intention of getting it back.”
“I never regret it when I work out and eat right; I regret it when I don’t.”
“When I eat like crap, I feel like crap”
“You’re not going to get the butt you want by sitting on it.” Well, maybe I can spin that in a more positive way: “I’m going to get the butt I want — I’m going to stand up and walk.”
Think of your workouts as an important meeting you made with yourself, bosses don’t cancel and successful people don’t quit, they conquer.
Have a healthy and Happy New 2019.
Live Long Live Well.

Jodi Cornelio is CEO of Turner Publishing, as well as a certified trainer and nutritionist.