updated 04/08/2013 AT 1:00 PM ET
•originally published 04/29/2013 AT 3:45 PM ET
Mandy Ingber is a celebrity fitness expert, speaker, and author of Yogalosophy: 28-days to the Ultimate Mind-Body Makeover. See what motivates her clients – including Jennifer Aniston, Kate Beckinsale, Brooke Shields and Helen Hunt – and put a little Yogalosophy into your workouts. Join Mandy weekly for her exclusive blog on People.com as we ramp up to her 28-Day Revolution, a mind/body makeover challenge with daily guidelines kicking off May 6. You can also visit Mandy on her website MandyIngber.com and follow her on Twitter @msmandyingber and Facebook.com/yogalosophy.
"Having the body you want begins with loving the body you have." – Mandy Ingber
Name it to claim it!
Whenever you begin a new project, it is important to declare what it is. This workout requires you to make some decisions. Jennifer Aniston, for example, works out with me three days a week, and Kate Beckinsale maintains a dedicated yoga area.
Coming up with a simple statement like “I choose health” is a good beginning.
So let’s start with three tips to kickoff your own Y28 Revolution (starting May 6, here on PEOPLE.com):
1. Make a date in your calendar and set aside time daily for the next 28 days.
You must treat this appointment like it’s a business meeting or picking your child up from school. Make this time a priority.
2. Create a dedicated space.
Making room for yourself means that you are committed. When I visit the Chelsea Lately show, there is a workout room that is dedicated for just that. Especially when you have a lot going on, you must find a way to unplug and focus on yourself. If you have a small space, that’s fine, but unplug your phone and shut the door. You deserve space.
3. Choose one of the diet options in my book.
You don’t have to be vegan or vegetarian. You don’t have to give up your favorite foods permanently. One thing that those who are in shape have in common is that we are restricting. When eating, we are choosing what we put in our bodies. This arrests unconscious eating. I have found that most meal plans will work, simply because it causes us to become more aware as we eat.
Check back next Monday, May 6, to check out the 28 daily tips to get the body you want.