1. Seeing food for what it is: an energy source.
    Food is food. Pizza, spinach, cake, kale, pumpkin, oats, it's all just food.
  2. Not identifying any foods as "good" or "bad."
    This literally just sets you up for failure and feelings of guilt.
  3. Eat when you're hungry and stop when you're full.
    Plain and simple.
  4. Everything in moderation.
    Eat whatever you want, just not more than you burn off in a day.
  5. Exercise is supplemental to a healthy diet.
    Fix your diet first, then introduce exercise.
  6. Exercise should be something you enjoy.
    Running, lifting, climbing, swimming, soccer, surfing, you name it. Just go out and do it. Stop if you don't enjoy it, and try something else.
  7. You must be patient.
    This is a slow, slow process.
  8. Don't jump into exercises that are too advanced for your skill level.
    Start at the beginning and progress when your body is ready.
  9. Feed off of newfound confidence and let your new ego boost your workouts,
    I know this is how I motivate myself!,
  10. but don't become so egotistical that you sacrifice form.
    Then the exercise becomes basically useless.
  11. Recognize that people will be jealous/envious of your health and will try to bring you down.
    Some people won't sacrifice the convenience of laziness and junk food to make beneficial changes.
  12. Sustainability is key.
    Do things you can see yourself continuing to do 10 years from now.