If you have been overindulging in food and drink since the kids got out of school for winter break, then, like us, you are probably starting to think about returning to a healthier lifestyle.
Below are our five tips for getting back on track:
1. Set realistic goals.
If your goals or resolutions are realistic, you are more likely to stick to them. Keep in mind that a pound is equivalent to 3,500 calories. So cutting 500 calories a day would lead to losing 1 lb/week.
If you’ve never run before, don’t sign up for a marathon. Maybe try a 5K first. And, if running isn’t your thang – that’s fine too. There are so many different types of exercise. Find out which one you like and you will be more likely to stick to that. Most gyms will offer a free trial class or even a free week of classes. Shop around and see what you like. Not into a gym just yet? There are tons of workouts online. Really, there’s something out there for everyone.
2. Weigh yourself once a week.
Don’t weigh yourself daily. Instead, pick a day and a time (morning is best) each week to weigh yourself. Track it and watch your progress. Weighing yourself each day is bound to have many ups and downs which can defeat your motivation. Remember it’s about progress, not perfection.
3. Hold yourself accountable.
Grab a group of girlfriends, a spouse, or join an online weight loss group. Let’s face it, we aren’t always motivated to workout – having some accountability will get you moving on the days you don’t feel up for it.
4. Surround yourself with positivity.
Positive quotes can be helpful in keeping you motivated. And yes, there’s an app for that! Sign up for an app that will send you daily motivation and positivity. Check out Shine and Louise Hay Affirmation Meditations for daily messages. Or, go old school and use post-its with positive messages.
Also, it’s important to surround yourself with positive people. They are more likely to keep you motivated because they also want you to do well. Limit your time with people who make you feel bad about starting or following a healthy lifestyle. If they care about you, they should be encouraging you.
5. Cut back on sugary treats – and yes, that includes alcohol too.
Just keep reminding yourself that these are empty calories. If you have been adding several drinks each night or reaching for the holiday cookies, you’ve been adding a lot of extra calories. It’s time (well, at least after New Years) to cut back and get back in control of your diet. Have healthy, go-to-snacks readily available and remove the junk food. Add a Simple Green Smoothie into your morning routine or grab a cup of Sweet and Spicy Tea in the afternoon instead of something sweet.
Need more motivation?
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