It feels like it right? You've worked hard for weeks maybe even months, you've tracked your diet and trained as much a possible then something happens. Life! You change jobs, fall sick, get injured or family commitments get in the way. Sound familiar?
That's Pretty much summed up my past few months. Starting a new career I've struggle to fit in my own training then I've had two deaths in the family, an injured shoulder and illnesses to boot! As a result the comfort eating crept in, the odd glass of mid week wine and before I knew it I'd piled on a stone in weight and started to feel pretty miserable. My anxiety and depression had started to increase and its with that that I knew something had to change, but where do I begin? It can feel pretty daunting knowing how to pick up the pieces and get everything back on track but personally I think the most important factor is to not be too hard on yourself, feeling miserable isn't going to erase that crispy crème doughnut. Life happens so the biggest thing is to learn how to rectify the damage without feeling like we're punishing ourselves.
If you have a bad time and slip up, forget it and concentrate on what your next positive step will be. It's not about how often you fall but rather how you manage to get back up. Making a commitment to improve your own health can be a wonderful journey that is ever evolving. So here are some tips for helping you refocus on your goals and get that journey back on track.
- Recognise your excuses! Sounds harsh but we all use them at some point and it's important know when you hear one and are using one. Recognise your own excuses, make a list and find a solution to solve it.
- Remind yourself of what you want. Why did you start in the first place? It's important to remind yourself of what you want for yourself, visualise yourself reaching that goal and do this daily to help keep you motivated.
- Set short term goals. Small steps will help you reach those long term goals and keep you focused. Keep goals S.M.A.R.T, that's specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and timed. Focus and move forward.
- Know your weaknesses. This allows you to prepare for future set backs. If your likely to snack on the way to work pack some healthy bars or fruit! if you have a busy schedule make time to prepare food in advance So you don't reach for processed ready meals.
- Understand why you fell off track in the first place. Were you upset, stressed, tired or frustrated?
- Get support. Being accountable to others can help you stay on track and is guaranteed to increase your chances of success.
- Take it a day at a time, increase your water intake, eat more vegetables and gradually increase your activity levels.
Implementing small changes will soon become habits once again and you'll be back on track before you know it. I know that for myself even after 2 weeks of gradual changes I'm already more energetic and feeling so much happier. In turn I'm training more and more in tune with my body and refocused on my goals.
Most importantly enjoy your journey and love living your life.