We all get lazy from time to time. We skip a few workouts and slip off our typical diet. Before you know it, we have stepped out of our normal fitness lifestyle – and we feel horrible.
Unfortunately, it can snowball out of control quickly if we don’t put some predetermined guidelines into place. Here are 5 steps to making sure that trip to fatville is a quick one.
1. Designate a set day of the week you always use to start fresh. Most people use Monday as the day to get back into their workout routine and eat healthy. Having a line in the sand helps separate the past from the present. Our mistakes were so last week. This day is the time to move on.
2. Have a plan. Having a day you start fresh is meaningless if you don’t know what you are going to do. It’s crucial you already have your workout and food ready to go. Know what class you plan to take, plan what body part you will be training, or map out what route you will be running to ensure you follow through.
3. Get prepared. You can’t eat healthy if you don’t shop healthy. If you plan to eat healthy on Monday, you need to grocery shop over the weekend so you have everything you need. I cook up a bunch of meat and put them in Tupperware on Sundays to make it easier to make quick healthy meals during the week.
4. Be accountable. It’s one thing to plan to workout and eat right, it’s another thing to plan to meet a friend to train together or share your fitness quest on Facebook. Accountability is the key to success. If you want to make your plan to get back on track successful, make it public and share your journey with a friend.
5. Move on. We all want to focus on what we have done wrong. It’s only natural. Plus, the results of what we have done wrong (like weight gain) sticks with us for a while, which is a constant reminder of our missteps. In order to truly erase our mistakes, we have to press on despite how bad we feel. We have to forgive ourselves and not focus on the past – but focus on what we are doing to fix it. Celebrate each day you eat right and workout, knowing it will pay off.
We all need boundaries in life, and we definitely need them in fitness. Boundaries, like a fence around our yard, keep us safe. They not only keep the bad stuff out, but they keep the good stuff in.