I read an article today that said the start of February is the most common time for us to give up on our new years resolutions. With losing weight being one of the most popular, it made me wonder what the effects of this type of media has on our motivational levels to stay focused on our goals.
If we take notice of these articles is it because we’re really looking for someone to tell us it’s ok to give up on our diet or fitness regime? When we find change in life difficult, do we look for that easy ‘get-out’?
But I don’t believe it’s just these articles or statistics that cause us to find a way to lose faith in our ability to stick to our goals. I think it can also be that sometimes, put simply, we find it really, really hard to stay loyal to our vision of what we want to become. Sometimes it just makes life so much easier or convenient when we’re NOT trying to get fit and healthy.
We both know it’s the start of that slippery slope and in no time at all you’ll be back to exactly how you were before you started.
Whatever progress you’ve made to this point, I promise it’s been worth it. Even if it’s going to the gym on your own for the first time, cooking your first new healthy recipe, then it’s a step forward. If you throw it all away now then you’ve given up on yourself. You’ve told yourself you’re not worth it and I say YOU ARE.
So let’s get real and say ‘its time to get out of this vicious circle’. Sit down and re-focus, reminding yourself why you started this journey.
It may be because of health issues, weight gain, there’s a special event coming up or you generally feel unhealthy. Whatever your motivation on the 1st January to commit to getting fit, I’m sure it’s equally as important today.
Why not try some of these simple tips to get back on track
- REMOVE TEMPTATION. Do you still need that box of chocolates or biscuits hanging over from Christmas? The only purpose these have is to draw you in when you feel tired, stressed or hungry. If they’re in the house its very simple…YOU WILL EAT THEM. Eradicate all possibilities of losing your focus on your goals by throwing them in the bin TODAY. Off you go! Do it now!
- FIND A SUPPORT SYSTEM. It’s really important that as you progress through your diet and fitness regime that you have people around you that keep you on track to not only help you to get there, but that really understand why you want to get there. Sit down and explain where you think they could help. After all if you’re living life well then everyone around will learn and benefit too J.
- MOTIVATE YOURSELF. It’s an old cliché but it works. Use a photo that reminds you of the person you want to change and why you started this journey. Every time you feel like not going to the gym or eating that take away, then grab your picture and take a look. It can also help having a photo of someone you admire. It doesn’t just have to be the way they look, but perhaps it’s the way they take on life or their determination to meet a career goal. Have it to hand. You need to stay focused.
- GET PREPARED. Preparation is key to any new lifestyle. As soon as we’re unprepared then bad habits start to kick in. I try and plan meals so on the days when I have a bit more time I make a bigger batch that can be used for dinner the next day. For instance, if you’re making a tomato based pasta sauce for tonight, make extra of the sauce. Divide the portions up. Add your salmon for tonight’s meal and for tomorrow add a bit of spice to the sauce and cover a chicken breast and vegetables. Hey presto, you’re good to go!