It is so easy to fall off track especially around holidays and times when my kids are out of school. Between Easter and being at my parents’ house for Spring Break, my nutrition wasn’t exactly where I wanted it to be. I certainly wasn’t going to pass up the Ice Cream Factory tour my family took over the break! 😉
As the days of summer quickly approach, now is the time to get back on track! There will be no more hiding behind the coats and sweatshirts when it is 90 degrees outside. Below are a few tips I follow to get my nutrition and fitness back where I want it to be. These tips will help you look and feel your best this summer!
Draw a Line in the Sand
You have to get real with yourself! For me personally, the scale was a little higher than I would like so I had to decide then and there to make better choices and revert back to my normal healthy habits. I record a video message for myself to record how I was feeling about the scale being higher than what I would like it to be. This helps me remember to stay on track, because the emotions that arise in me when I feel fluffier are not ones I want to feel all of the time. Within this message, I also record how I want to feel when I get back on track. I basically give myself a pep talk. While this might sound really silly to you, this has helped me more times than I can count get back and stay on track!
I also take a picture of myself and my measurements. This helps me visually see where I am in that moment and helps me track my progress as I get back on the healthy wagon. Taking pictures is an awesome way to keep yourself accountable! Often times the number on the scale won’t move, but your picture will show you that your body is in fact changing. You can keep both of these things to yourself or share it with an accountability partner.
Make a Plan
To get back on track, you always need a plan! I like to set some time aside to figure out my workout plan and what I’m going to eat. I love to eat clean, but I allowed myself more Spring Break indulgences than I normally would (which I don’t feel guilty about by the way!). I recommitted to my meal plan and printed it out to hang on my refrigerator. This helps me see what I’m having for all of my meals and snacks, which reduces the temptation to grab junk when I get hungry. This doesn’t have to be a huge drastic change! You have to pick a meal plan that you will be able to live with in order for you to stick to it in the long run. Pick clean whole foods that will nourish your body.
Make sure you plan out your workouts. What workout are you going to do? What time of day are you going to be able to do it? Share this plan with your family so they know during this time of day mommy isn’t going to be available. You deserve some time for YOU so make the time!
If you don’t already have an accountability partner, this is one of the best ways to get and stay on track! Having someone constantly reminding you of your goals and supporting your journey will help you stay on course. On days where you don’t feel like working out or eating healthy, this person will help push you forward!
There is a really fun app that you can download to make this process even more enjoyable – http/www.voxer.com. Voxer is completely free and is like using a walkie-talkie. So instead of texting or messaging your accountability partner, have fun messaging them walkie-talkie style! How fun is that!!
Some great resources to hold you accountable are The Fit Book (http://www.getfitbook.com) or MyFitnessPal. You can log your food and your workouts. Writing down what I’m eating gives me another layer of accountability and helps me stay on track.
You don’t have to walk this journey alone! I run a monthly accountability group that provides support for getting and staying on track. I also have an EBOOK that includes a meal plan and healthy recipes to help get you started. I’m here for you and want you to be the best that you can be!