We have now made it through the first month of 2018! I don't know about you, but I don't feel like things ever slowed down for me after the holidays. And, this next month is going to be really busy for me too. I signed a lease at a new apartment in a different area of San Diego, so will be moving in a couple weeks, which I'm really excited about. And, my little Charlotte tore her ACL playing at the beach on Sunday, so has to get surgery on Tuesday. My friend is also coming to visit that weekend after Charlotte's surgery, so there's lots of stuff going on! That's what keeps life exciting, I guess!
Speaking of being busy and already entering the 2nd month of the year, how are you doing with your health goals/New Year's resolutions? Most people usually start the new year out right - going to the gym regularly or eating really well, but how do you keep that momentum going? I have had a lot of clients tell me that they were doing really well, but kind of fell off track for a variety of different reasons.
How can you get yourself back on track?
Start out slow. Many people are so excited to get started that they commit to more than they can handle, or it might be unrealistic to keep going. For example, if you started going to the gym 5 days per week and weren't regularly exercising before, get yourself back on track by starting out slow - maybe go 2 or 3 days per week. Then, when that becomes more of a habit, you can increase that if you would like.
Don't deprive yourself. I have some clients who will go on "diets" and do really well for a while, but then just start binge eating or just completely stopping. It's better to make it a lifestyle change and not go on a "diet" because diets are temporary and you're likely to spend your life yo-yo dieting or constantly gaining and losing weight. By making it a lifestyle change, you can eat healthy most of the time, but include treats/snacks without feeling guilty.
Remind yourself why you started. What is motivating you to reach your health goals? Is it to feel better? Are you unhappy with the way you look? Are you worried about the consequences if you don't make any changes? Do you already have a health condition that makes it necessary to make healthy changes? Are you sick of being tired all the time and having no energy? Whatever your reason is, find a way to remind yourself of that and ask yourself how important it is to you. Then, come up with a plan to set yourself up for success.
Follow a structured plan. Sometimes, when starting out and saying that you're going to "eat healthier" or "workout more", those aren't specific enough and you might not really know how to do that. Setting clear goals or following a plan with clear guidelines might help. If you are looking to get back on track with your goals and follow a structured plan, check out my New Year, New You Reset by clicking here. It is a whole foods cleanse, so you will still be able to eat. Don't worry! I should have my other programs available next week if you are looking for something that isn't quite as intense as a cleanse, I will share more about those. (I meant to have them ready this week, but I have had a lot going on, so sorry for the delay.)
I hope this helps! Enjoy the rest of your day!