2. Your Attitude Points the Way
This point is common sense really, but it needs to be pointed out. When I work with a client with positive outlook on their fitness goals, they're more likely to succeed.
Making a healthy lifestyle change is difficult and there's going to be some ups and downs, plateaus and times when you just want to give up. If your attitude is one that says this goal you're working toward is worth the time and effort, you're more likely to stay consistent; and consistency is key!
My clients that have a positive attitude, reach their goals because they can look past the days that are hard -- yes, they have bad days (you will too, count on it)! But they keep looking forward. They know what they're doing right now is affecting what they'll feel & look like in the future.
On the other side, some clients I've worked with have had a negative attitude toward exercise, or life in general. It's really difficult for them to succeed, not impossible, but hard on them (and me!). Making big changes in life is hard, and facing it with a negative attitude will make it almost impossible. A negative attitude is saying 'I don't believe I'll be successful'. If you don't believe it, it's not going to happen...
If you're experiencing negative thoughts about your quest for weight loss or a healthier lifestyle, ask yourself why you're doing this. Come up with several positive reasons to make this change. For example, becoming healthy & fit in order to take an active role in your kids lives, is a great reason! Losing weight to finally be happy, is not the greatest of reasons (you'll find that this is an empty rat race style of looking for happiness).
Keep in mind that, life, in general, has it's ups & downs. There's always going to be struggles that get in the way of what we're trying to accomplish. If you go into a change acknowledging this, the hard times are going to be easier to deal with.
It's difficult to change, yes, but it's worth it in the end, and that's what we all need to focus on every day! Going through life with a strong, healthy body, is a great feeling!