Hello February! How are those resolutions going for you? Did you lose track? Did you realize maybe you bit off more than you could chew? Well, you're not alone. The good news is that you could always make a change - tomorrow, today or even right now!
I too succumbed to the pressures of making new year health resolutions and find myself struggling to maintain motivation at times. It’s important to realize, however, that making positive changes and having a healthy lifestyle isn’t something you do for a few weeks. Nor is it a piece of cake (mmmm…cake!). It’s a lifelong journey.
Not to worry though, because I’ve got you covered! Here are my tips to re-inspire you and help you maintain your fitness and nutrition goals. Number 5 if my favourite!
1. To start, keep it simple. Make small goals that are realistic, and be honest with yourself as to what you are willing to do. No matter what your long term goal is, break it down into short term targets.
2. Be patient. Don’t put so much pressure on yourself to be perfect all the time. It can take up to 21 days to create a new habit.
3. Make a schedule. Take a look at your calendar and schedule all your workouts for the month. You can even take it one step further and pre-pay for your workouts. This will help you make it a priority, and you’ll want to avoid those late cancelation fees.
4. Find a buddy. Do a healthy activity with a friend. Make a home cooked meal or go to a workout class together. Having a buddy will make you feel supported and hold you accountable towards your goals.
5. Press the reset button in your kitchen. This is something I do every few months. Go through your pantry and clean out your fridge. Think about all the food that you never use, and re-evaluate its potential. Are you going to use it in a healthy recipe, or will it continue to collect dust? Then, take note of all the food you are eating, and throw away that which makes you feel bad (be it physically or emotionally). If you truly want to change your eating habits, you need to surround yourself with delicious healthy food that support your goals. This will set you up for success, If you know that the bag of chocolate chips in the top cupboard is going to be finished within days of opening it, then get to the garbage quick and throw it out!
After you do this, take a long walk around the grocery store and explore new food that will help keep you on track. Think about colourful fruits and vegetables, and delicious spices and seasoning to inspire your cooking! Make sure to read nutrition labels and compare products side by side. Making smart choices means educating yourself on what is in your food. A little research can go a long way!