You’re finally back to eating healthy. Woot!
Not only are you eating well again, but you’re exercising, sleeping soundly and your clothes are fitting better, too. You feel so fired up– like you could do anything! And, you love that you’re feeling more comfortable in your body.
Life just feels really good and you want to keep it that way.
But, you’re getting just a little worried. You’ve made these changes before and it’s been hard to stick with it. You want this time to be the last time.
I’m going to tell you a secret–one that will help you stay on track indefinitely.
Staying on track isn’t about restricting your diet to eating *only* healthy food.
Find your sweet spot.
The secret to staying on track is all about about finding YOUR sweet spot. It’s where you’re able to eat well a majority of the time and take care of your body, but also make space to enjoy the foods you love– to have chocolate cake without feeling guilty and to eat dill pickle potato chips without punishing yourself with an extra workout.
I like to think of it as an 80/20 split. Eighty percent of the time, you eat the healthy foods that help you look and feel amazing. The other 20 percent, you enjoy those treats. When you’re able to find that balance, staying on track and sticking to your health goals is a piece of cake (pun intended).
Aside from working that 80/20 rule, staying on track and reaching your goals has some really practical components, too.
Many of us aren’t able to stick with healthy eating and exercise because we fail to do these three things:
Plan, prepare and schedule.
We need to plan and prep healthy meals and schedule in time to workout. Otherwise, it eventually gets pushed aside. Our schedules get thrown off by projects at work or sick kids or sick pets. We have weekends that are busy with graduations, celebrations and other fun stuff. And, after awhile, the wheels start to fall off and we’re back to square one.
Make meal prep and meal planning non-negotiable and you will stay on track.
We find time to do the things that need to get done– we brush our teeth, we shower, we take the trash out, we do laundry. Meal planning and meal prep need to be on that list, too. You set yourself up for success when you have a plan and you have some good food ready to eat when you’re hungry.
Try this: choose 3 items you can prep every weekend. Just 3. That’s not hard, is it? For example, you could prep protein for your lunches and snacks, such as hard boiled eggs or grilled chicken. You could make a batch of lemon blueberry muffins for snacks and breakfasts. And, you could make some Blueberry Chia Seed Pudding. Preparing ahead, even if it’s just a few things, will help you eat better.
Schedule time to workout.
We all get crazy-busy and sometimes it seems logical to skip the workout in favor of running an errand so you can cross it off that long to-do list. But, fitting in exercise is an important piece of the puzzle. When we exercise regularly, we have more energy, we feel happier or have less stress. Exercise gives us the energy to meal prep and grocery shop. It reduces our stress so we don’t do as much stress eating. It tires us out and helps us sleep better.
Try this: each week, spend 5 minutes with your schedule and write down the days and times you’re going to workout. If you have weeks where you’re really busy, make time– even if you only have 10 minutes, a workout it worth it.
Now, I’d love to hear from you!.
Share in the comments how you plan to stay on track.