January 1st has been and gone. We set goals and resolutions, adamant this was the year we’d achieve them. We bought new gym gear, we even meal prepped and turned down cake at the office. We were determined, motivated, nothing could stop us. Then life happened. Work ramped up, deadlines came hard and fast, money was tight, we got ill, our health and fitness shifted lower down on our list of priorities. Sound familiar?
January was a great month for me, I went spinning 3x a week, cleaned up my diet and I even started tracking my macros. I lost 7lbs in January, I was over the moon! Then Febuary came and I took my foot off the gas slightly. Before I knew it my foot was almost completely off the gas and I gained back 3lbs in Febuary. It’s now March and I’m ready to get back on track with my goals. These are the five tips I’m using to start afresh and get back on track today.
1. Reassess your goals and action plan
When filled with determination and motivation it’s easy to get carried away and set ourselves goals that are perhaps too too difficult or just not what we really want. Or maybe your goal was just fine, but the way you went about achieving it wasn’t? Trying to overhaul your eating habits and ramp up your workout routine all at once can be overwhelming and you’ll soon burn out. Take another look at your goals and action plan and think about how you can tweak them to make it more achievable. Be precise, set deadlines and write down what you need to do to get back on track and achieve your goal.
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2. Plan your meals and workouts
If you intend to workout but don’t specify when you will, you won’t get round to it. Schedule your workouts in your calendar like appointments you can’t miss, or important meetings you can’t cancel. When I’ve fallen out of the routine of working out regularly I find it hard to motivate myself to get back on track. My trick is I’ll book myself onto a class where I’ll be penalised if I don’t go, that way I can’t make excuses not to go. Planning your meals is also a great way to get back on track as when you have healthy meal options you’ll be less likely to reach for the unhealthy food.
3. Preparation is key
If I’m not prepared, all of my best intentions go out the window and that’s what happened to me in February. In January I planned my meals and on a Sunday I would meal prep for the week ahead. I scheduled my workouts and kept track of them in my workout log to see where I was progressing. I got my gym gear ready the night before so that I didn’t have to worry about it in the morning. I’m not a morning person and often snooze my alarm until the very last minute, then I jump out of bed and have to run around like a madwoman trying to get ready on time. Simply packing my bag the night before saves me a lot of time and stress and means I can’t use not having my kit as an excuse not to workout.
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4. Share your goals
Make yourself accountable by sharing your goals with a loved one, a friend or social media. Start a fitness or foodie Instagram account or start a blog and post your meals and workouts. I’ve started posting my food diaries on my Instagram (@GymbagsGladrags) which is helping me to keep my eating on track. If you do start a blog or foodie/fitness Instagram, comment down below with your link or insta handle and I’ll follow you! Putting your goals out there and knowing you have someone to hold you accountable will make you less likely to fail.
5. Just start
One of the biggest reasons we struggle to get back on track to achieve our goals is because we talk ourselves out of it. We’ll tell ourselves we can’t possibly workout until Monday, because our workout plan is a Monday to Friday split. We’ll say we can’t possibly meal prep until we’ve bought bee pollen, organic wheatgrass and kale of the Gods. Don’t put off starting any longer. I put off getting back on track at the start of February and before I knew it, the month was over and March has now begun. I’m not going to waste March like I did with February. I hope you won’t waste March either. Today is a great day to start. Even if you haven’t meal prepped or packed your gym gear this morning, just start making healthier choices right now. Choose a healthy option on your lunch break, take the stairs, get up from your desk and go for a walk, skip the sugar in your tea. All of these small steps add up to achieving your big goals. Start now.