Staying on track and motivated in your healthy living goals can be damn hard to stick to; especially when that cheeseburger is calling your name, the chocolate cake is whispering sweet nothings in your ear or that ice cold cocktail is luring you in with her temptress ways.
I get it.
I mean, if I am just being honest there are days where my will power just doesn’t stand a chance against my tummy power. And I falter. I fall off the wagon. I relapse.
We all do. At least that’s what I tell myself so I don’t feel as guilty.
Well I’m over feeling guilty. I’m over beating myself up. And I’m over starting over.
If you feel me and want to incorporate simple tweaks into your life to help you stick to your healthy living goals, read on.
If there is one sure-fire way for me to burn out and get sidetracked from my healthy living goals it’s by committing to do too much, too early.
Instead of making a grand declaration that you are going to go to the gym every day other than Sunday, give yourself a break and start with 3 days a week.
When you’re first starting out towards your new healthy self, it can be difficult and if you add even more pressure to yourself by forcing yourself to go 6 days a week you’re going to hate it, and likely give up.
Try going easy on yourself and starting out with small goals. Once you have mastered your first step, you add on from there.
But don’t beat yourself up. We’ve all been there.
Tweak Something Every Day
Whether it’s drinking an extra glass of water a day, drinking tea instead of coffee, choosing fish over chicken or even taking the stairs instead of the elevator; if you can make a slight adjustment to your regular habits each day you should notice it becoming easier to adopt a healthier lifestyle without having to think too much about it.
Just be sure to ask yourself every day: what is one thing you could tweak to be a little more healthy.
And yes, sleeping an extra hour is definitely on that list…as long as that means you are going to bed an hour earlier, not sleeping an hour later.
If you temporarily veer away from your healthy living goals, cut yourself some slack.
Beating yourself up and allowing your inner critic to run wild is the worst possible thing you could do for yourself.
Typically we respond better to positive encouragement, so the next time your inner critic tries to cripple you with self-inflicted judgement, silence her.
Take stock of all of the positive changes you have made thus far and where you plan to go from here. It will help you feel better and keep you motivated.
Not with actual treats but with feel-good rewards such as that new workout top you’ve been eyeing, that Yogitoes mat you’ve been thinking of since I mentioned it or even a good ol’ fashioned mani/pedi!
Whatever healthy reward you choose to gift yourself with be sure you’ve actually earned it by meeting all your healthy living goals for the week.
Trust me, you’ll feel better if you actually deserve that reward.
Do you have any tips for staying on track or advice on what to do if you’ve fallen off the wagon? Share them in the comment section below.