Stuff happens: motivation wanes, you get sick, you had a extra slice of pizza at dinner, and then another one 10 minutes later, then another one in the middle of the night, then you felt there was no reason to work out since you blew your whole day anyway so you skipped….STOP. It seems like once you “slip up” you continue to make bad decision after bad decision and soon your weight loss goals are a distant memory.
Get back on track right now. This second. Easier said that done? Hardly. Here’s how you can start feeling great about your progress and feeling motivated again by the end of the day, today.
Reflect. What got you off track in the first place? Busy schedule? Lost motivation? How do you feel right now, as opposed to when you are working out and eating right? Do you feel like a failure? Like you are selling yourself short? Vow to never feel this way again, and make a plan detailing how you can avoid falling into the same track in the future.
Refocus on your goals. Are you now further away from your goals than when you started? Sit down and go over your goals again. If they are the same, this will help you refocus, but its a good opportunity to check in with yourself and see how your situation has changed. Perhaps instead of your original weight loss goal, your new goal would be to workout consistently for X amount of days a week. Goals are supposed to be motivating, so if your old one wasn’t enough to keep you working perhaps you need to reevaluate.
Fit in a workout. It may seem out of the question, since you weren’t planning on it today, but don’t put it off. Fitting in a workout, even a short one, will help you feel energized, get you motivated, help you get back in the habit, and eat better. Research shows that when you exercise, you are more likely to eat healthier, so get it it. Every bit counts.
Drink your water. Eight 8-ounces of water a day is the goal to shoot for. Start chugging right now. It will keep you full and help you feel detoxified, cleansing your system of the yucky crap you’ve been eating.
Track your food for the day. It will clue you in to how you’ve been eating up until now and give you an extra kick in the butt to make healthy decisions the rest of the day.
Go shopping. Go to the store and stock your kitchen with tons of healthy foods. Having them right in your face will have you reaching from them before anything else and you will surrounding yourself with a healthy environment.
Throw away the crap. Get the junk food out of the house. No more.
Learn something new. Read an article, search this blog, or watch a news program, but find some way to learn something new about fitness today. It gets boring hearing the same fitness info over and over, but learning something new can spark an interest to get back in the game.
Don’t wait until tomorrow- do it today. Start taking the necessary steps to get back on track right this second. The past is the past, and while it is important to learn from it to avoid the same mistakes, look forward and make healthy decisions as they come to you. Once you get a few good decisions under your belt, you’ll gain your momentum and be right back on track to hitting your goals.