So how is it going? You know, the New Year’s Resolution.
Many of us including myself have resolved to get back at it with our healthy eating and fitness. I know personally, I had more than two weeks of eating unhealthy foods and not being as active as I would like to be.
So how about you? How did you do?
Maybe you were in the same boat as me. Maybe you were active and have been eating healthy with out skipping a beat during the holidays. It is also possible that you have been out of eating healthy and active for a long time.
No matter what your situation, I wanted to share some tips for getting back on the horse!
1. Forgive yourself. Not being active or eating healthy happens to every one once in a while. It is not the end of the world.
2. Set realistic goals. Better yet, set process goals. For example, instead of I want to lose 50lbs ASAP! Start with the actions that will get you there. If it were me and my goal was to lose weight, the 1st two things that I would do is to track every thing that I eat on MyFitness Pal (a free ap) and set a goal to work out 5 times per week.
3. Re-prioritize your schedule. We all have 24 hours in a day. Take inventory of how you are spending your time. If you are trying to lose weight, time spent going out drinking, cupcake tasting or just laying around on the couch is time wasted. You can’t be the best donut connoisseur in Omaha, Nebraska and be lean. You have to decide which you want most.
4. Re prioritize how you spend your money. Yes, I went there… You would not believe how many people I meet that won’t pay for healthier food options, fitness training, work out gear or supplements because they are too expensive, but some how have enough money to take lots of trips, go out to expensive dinners, buy expensive alcohol and junk food… Be honest with yourself. You can choose to invest your money in other things, but don’t lie to yourself by saying that you can’t afford health and fitness.
5. Find a buddy. Social support is huge. If your friends and family are trying to eat healthy and be active it will be easier for you to do so.
6. Get into it. The grass grows where you water it? If you want to get or stay motivated then get into it. Find some health and fitness blogs to follow, buy a new healthy cook book, get on YouTube to look up your favorite exercises and athletes, buy new fitness clothes, aps and gear.
7. Take it one choice at a time. A healthy lifestyle includes saying no to things that you want or feel like now in order to be a healthier version of you. That does not mean that you can never have a cookie or glass of wine again. It does mean, that more often that not you will have to choose to delay instant gratification in order to achieve your long term goal.
Although, by no means is this a comprehensive list, hopefully it helps. Good luck. Let me know if you would like some help getting back on track.