Losing weight and working on having a healthy lifestyle is not easy and it will never be easy. Most of us are trying to get rid of habits that we got used to years and years ago. Every person has that great days, weeks or even months when everything is going great and it seems like losing weight and working out is easy and that you will get to your goal weight in no time, but then the life steps in and presents us with problems and difficulties, that usually take us back to our old habits.
First thing you need to understand is that change is possible, but it is hard. At times it will be simple, easy and effortless, while at times it will be hard and difficult – and it is these days when you have to push yourself even harder. At times, when the life really puts you down, you will only be in the mood to lay down on your couch, watch Netflix and eat ice cream – don’t worry we all have these days.
The most important thing to do, when hard times come, is to recognize it and think about your choices – you should take responsibility for your own wrong choices. Never punish yourself – instead, find a way to motivate yourself and move forward.
Here are some tips to help you to get back on track when you are discouraged:
Start your fitness journey over
The best thing to do when you have already returned to your bad habits is to simply start over. Assess your current situation and start from the beginning – every step counts, no matter how big or small it is. It would be the best to start with a new diet and later incorporate workouts.
Create a plan
We all have plans in our heads, but to get back on track it would be the best to create a well-thought plan and to write it down, in order to be able to easily track your progress.
Prepare your food in advance
One of the most common reasons people get off track with their diet is when they don’t have meals prepared and then they simply go out and buy something. You can really support your own weight loss efforts if you prepare your healthy meals in advance.
Take a break
In most cases, we tend to get back to our bad habits is when we are either overwhelmed or stressed. You should find a way to recognize situations like these and simply let yourself take a break. It can be very good for you to take some time to relax and think about your efforts.
Appreciate how far you have come
It does not matter if you have lost 1 pound or 30 pounds – progress is progress. The best way to motivate yourself is to simply appreciate how far you have come thanks to your efforts. If you are about to start with your fitness journey, take a few pictures of yourself, so you have something to compare in the future.