If you’re like most people your healthy eating and workout routine probably got a little side-tracked this summer. However, the secret to seeing results which last (rather than dropping ten pounds only to put them back on again) is to accept that it’s a change to your entire lifestyle, not just the parts you want. You have to be, “all in,” not only “in” when you feel like. If you got off track here’s three steps for getting back on track.
1. Get Started. Does this sound familiar? “I’ll have this pizza today,” or “I’ll skip the workout in the morning” and “tomorrow my I will start creating healthy habits.” The hardest part is getting started, but once you do, make a conscious effort to notice how much better you feel.
2. Create a Schedule. Write out your weekly or monthly exercise and meal plan. Putting pen to paper allows you to be organized, save time, and takes the guesswork out of the process. It leaves you with a clear path to making the right choice.
3. Stay Motivated. Everyone has their own reasons for wanting to be healthy and therefore, everyone seeks motivation in different forms. Whether you’re trying to fit into jeans you once wore, want more energy so you can keep up with your children, or simply want to keep healthy to lower the cost of future doctors bills, figure out what triggers you and remind yourself of it daily.
This should allow you to fall back into your routine. However, you’re only human and at some point, skipping a work out or eating poorly for an entire day will become a temptation. This is when you’ll need to stop and think. “What will those choices cause me?” Will those choices cause me to feel lazy and sluggish? Will I feel stressed, bloated or worse? Instead, be at cause for recreating how good you feel day in and day out through the choices you make.