If there is anything I’ve learned in the past few years about a healthy lifestyle, it’s that you have to continually and constantly work at it. Yes, there are going to be times when you have a bad weekend or a bad week or a bad few weeks and that’s ok.
Why is it that it’s SOO easy to put on the pounds and it can be so hard to get them off!? It’s so annoying. This past weekend, I had so much fun in Conway, S.C. with my family but let me tell you, I ATE and ATE! Stepping on the scale Monday morning, I about had a heart attack. That’s one golden rule about the scale, DO NOT, I repeat DO NOT, step on it the day after a binge weekend. It will make you go insane. I stepped on and off the scale about 20 million times thinking the number would somehow magically go down, but it didn’t (DUH).
After you royally mess up on your eating, just remember, one weekend is not going to affect you THAT MUCH. It takes work though and it’s a complete balancing act and losing weight takes time. It’s not going to happen overnight. That’s one thing that I have always had the most trouble with. I will work out reaaalllly hard and then step on the scale and think “well nothing happened “. Well, like I said, it’s not going to happen overnight. Nothing worth doing ever comes easy. It takes failing and picking yourself back up and starting over and over again.
6 way to get back on track:
- Tracking- write down everything you eat and I mean everything. (Yes, even those 3 M&M’s you had after lunch. Did you know to burn off 1 M & M, you have to walk the length of a football field? Wow.)
- Buddy Up- Grab a friend and go. Go on a run, go on a walk, or go to the gym. Keep each other accountable. Every Tuesday and Thursday, Brian and I are meeting my Dad and my aunt Angela at the gym at 6 am and if it weren’t for knowing they are there expecting me, I would NOT be there. They keep me motivated to get there.
- Sign up for a run, ski trip or a triathlon- Just something to keep working towards. I’ve got something in the works with some of my best girls and I am SO excited to get our training plan started.
- Buy some new exercise clothing- nothing gets me more pumped up for some exercise than some new workout clothes. ( Check out my ideal outfit below)
- Goal setting- set some new goals and stick with them. I like short term goals and have been trying to stick with my weekly goals. Short term turns into long term. It’s good to look at the big picture as well, so jot down where you want to be in 6 months and then in one year.
- Drink A LOT (No not alcohol lol ) They always say to drink half of your body weight in ounces. So if you weigh 150, you should be drinking 75 ounces of water per day. Green Tea is also great because it fills you up but also increases your metabolism.