With the holidays mostly coming to an end, it’s time for many of us to get back to our regular routines after eating ourselves into a food coma. In theory, this seems like a really easy concept. In practice, it is much more difficult. Cravings, fatigue, lack of motivation, and cold weather are all working together to deter us from resuming our healthy habits. So what can you do to help get yourself back on track and to stay on track?
1) Don’t Beat Yourself Up
Many people feel pretty discouraged in regards to their fitness goals after the holidays. After a couple of weeks of eating all of the seasonal foods we feel like our waistlines have expanded and we feel pretty crummy. If this has happened to you, it is important to not use this disappointment as motivation. When you use a negative feeling to motivate yourself you usually end up getting off track again. Instead, try using positive motivation to get you back on track. Try focusing on getting healthy, not just on losing weight. Do it to feel better, instead of looking better. Positive motivation will get you further than negative motivation.
Take some time to sit down and plan out your week. Take a look at what you have in your fridge and plan your meals accordingly. Once you have things like work and family scheduled in, try and fit five half hour workouts into your schedule. Keep in mind the time of day that you are putting them in for – it can sometimes be tricky to get a workout in after a long day of work.
Take some time to organize your space. Clean out all of those desk drawers and toss/donate everything from your closet that hasn’t been work for the past year. Give yourself a fresh start this new year. When you are reorganizing, keep in mind the functionality of the space, this will help you keep organized and make your life more simple.
4) Bring on the New
Once you’ve reorganized and decluttered your space fill it with things that will help you stay on track. The best first step is to fill your fridge and pantry with healthy foods. Once you have that taken care of, see if you have some space left over in your house for a workout corner. This way, even if you can’t make it to the gym or it’s too cold outside to exercise, you can still do some activity at home! Another thing to do is revamp your space. Add items that bring you joy (as cheesy as this sounds). Find a nice little plant or some decorative objects that make you smile!
5) Start a Food Journal
Writing down what you eat can be a great way to really keep track of what you are putting in to your body. Sometimes it is easy to forget that you had a cookie with your morning coffee. By writing it down you make sure you eat enough of the right things!
6) Set Goals
Give yourself something fun to work towards. It helps you keep on track and lets you have fun. To set goals you can stick to try using S.M.A.R.T. goals (Specific. Measurable. Attainable. Relevant. Time-bund). Need some help setting goals: Making Resolutions You Can Stick To
7) Stay Motivated
Motivation can be a highly elusive creature for some people. When getting back on track motivation is what will keep you going until you have formed your new habit. So what do you do on those mornings when you can’t seem to force yourself to get out of bed to hit them gym before work? The easiest thing to do is to remind yourself why you started this. If you created your goals using S.M.A.R.T. goals, then this should be easy to do. For those of you who haven’t made your S.M.A.R.T. goals try revamping your preexisting goals to fit this framework.
8) Create a Support Network
It’s always easier to stay on track when you surround yourself with like-minded individuals. The closer the people are to you the better and around this time of year it is usually pretty easy to convince people to start living healthier. If you are on your own it is always super easy to find like minded individuals on social networking platforms. Try joining a Facebook group or Spark People. This can also be a great way to meet new people!
9) Stay On Track
Usually getting on track is the easy part. It’s staying on track that can be hard. When you first make a change, you notice some short term improvements, but after a couple of days, this feeling wears off. It’s at this point where a lot of people start to derail; cravings, lack of motivation, and old routine start to set back in. Instead of succumbing to these pressures, learn what causes them and work at moving past this progress plateau.
10) Be Happy
It’s your life to live so you may as well enjoy it! Learn to work through the hard times and cherish the good times!