Staying on Track!

by Chrissy on March 1, 2015

stay-on-trackStaying on track with your New Year’s resolution is the toughest part. You gained enough motivation to start going to the gym and eating healthy, but now you have to keep the motivation. It is shown that only about 20% of people are sticking to their healthy habit resolution after the first month.

Here are my top ten tips to stay on track:

Meal prep. Prep healthy snacks like fresh vegetables and portion them out in separate zip lock bags so you can conveniently grab them out of the fridge.

Plan your meals the week before when you are making a grocery list and remember to never shop when hungry!

Snack often – about 2-3 small snacks daily consisting of a heart healthy protein and a fiber-rich carb such as an apple with natural peanut butter or Greek yogurt and low-fat granola.

Keep a food journal of what you ate to hold yourself accountable and assure you are eating a well balance meal plan. Note: myfitnesspal is a helpful app for Iphones and androids.

Take measurements of your waist, arms, legs etc. and keep a workout journal to track improvement. Your weight might look as though it is plateauing when you may be gaining lean muscle and losing excess body fat.

Surround yourself with positive people that encourage you to reach your goals.

Take breaks and RELAX. Do not feel like you always have to eat perfectly and workout constantly. Remember, this is a lifestyle change, not a fad diet.

Post your workouts and meals to Instagram; it is shown that social media is a good way to hold yourself accountable.

Try new and healthy recipes to keep things interesting (cook books, blogs, Instagram, pinterest). One of my favorite recipe blogs is skinnytaste.com.

Choose small goals that you know you can accomplish. For example, eat one healthy meal a day rather than going raw vegan for the next year.

It is tough to keep yourself on a healthy road, especially when you may have just spent the last year eating McDonalds every day for dinner after work. The key is to be specific and focus on small goals and accomplishments. Many times people get overwhelmed by all their new goals and feel like there is no way they can accomplish them, so they quit. You may have a goal to lose 20 lbs, compete in a marathon, and eat a well-balanced meal plan. This is a realistic goal, but it is a long term goal. In order to achieve it, you have to focus on one step at a time. Start training for your marathon by running a little bit longer each day. Possibly only running half of a mile or less to begin, and then going home and eating a healthy meal or a healthy snack. As you gradually increase your workouts and healthy meal plan, before you know it, you will have reached that long term goal.

Macy Focken and Chrissy Barth

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