Keeping Motivated When Falling Off Track

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Over the weekend, I feel like I ate my weight in chocolate. Okay, well not really but it sure seems like that! (Thanks, Valentine's Day!) This lead me to writing this post: falling off track.

I always get asked, where do I start when feeling like I've fell off track? Even those of us with the strongest of willpower may have strayed away from our workouts or regular eating habits. It’s perfectly normal, and we can all relate to this.

It’s still the beginning of the new year, as we are only 1.5 months in. We are all trying to stick to our new years resolutions, whether it is by eating healthier or going to the gym.

If you’ve fallen off course, it is not the end of the world. It sure might seem like it is at the moment, but it’s not. Rather than freaking out, you must recognize that you want to get back on track. Don’t beat yourself up mentally.

Whether the scale is reading higher than normal, or our clothes fit a little snug, you must do your very best to be compassionate and kind to yourself. When achieving any goal, there will be wins, and there will be losses. It’s normal and part of the journey. The right mindset will make all the difference in getting back into our routine. Here are some smart and simple healthy choices that you incorporate and practice daily that will help you get back on track:

1. Stay hydrated and drink water

Choose water as your drink whenever possible. Water has no calories, tastes great, quenches our thirst, helps flush toxins from our bodies, and the list goes on and on. Choose water. All day. Every day!

2. Get back to a regular sleep schedule

Late night parties and pulling all-nighters can lead to poor sleep habits. Poor sleep can negatively affect metabolism. Try your best to get a minimum of 7-8 hours of sleep each night.

3. Write down a small daily fitness goal that includes some type of exercise

If we choose a small goal — go for a walk, get 20 minutes on the treadmill, practice 30 minutes of yoga— especially in the beginning, we have a higher chance of sticking with our goal. The guidelines for exercise suggest 150 minutes of moderate exercise in a week. We can break this time up into small increments and accumulate the minutes throughout our day and week. Which again makes an exercise goal much more achievable.

4. Make healthy snack choices

For many, the 3 pm snack attack hours is the make or break time of day. You've done amazing at eating right and making excellent choices for breakfast and lunch, but the 3pm slump is sabotaging your efforts. Instead of reaching for potato chips in your desk drawer or bee-lining it to the vending machine for a quick sugar-bomb snack, plan ahead. Pack healthy snacks and bring them to work. This will help you stay on track for the rest of the day.

Are you staying on track for your goals/resolutions? Tag @valeriefidan on Instagram to show us your goals!