How many times have you started off a new week, month, or year with a list of goals and intentions for your health, only to fall off the wagon in a few weeks? It's so easy to start programs isn't it? And yet it is the hardest thing to finish them and follow through. I went through years and years of not finishing what I start, and still do from time to time! I'm the queen of self-sabotage, doubt, and fear. But I also know there is a strong woman inside of me that is capabale and determined! I believe all of us have these two sides and we have to pick every single day which version of ourselves we want to be. And for me? I want to be a person of integrity, strength, and determination. Over the years, here are some ways I've been able to stick to my goals and follow through on what I say I am going to do! Because we are what we do, not what we SAY we are going to do! ;)
I never was someone who finished what she started until I became a Beachbody coach and started finishing workout programs from start to finish. I had never done that before!! But the motivation to stick with it, plus the inspiration from the team of coaches I am a part of, helped me follow through with what I was doing. Heck, that's one of the main reasons I joined back as a coach! I wanted the accountability for myself and the motivation I felt as part of this community! Plus, paying it forward to my clients is basically the best feeling in the world! If you need accountability, I'm your gal and host monthly accountability groups JUST to help others gain the confidence to stay on track! Click on the "work with me" button above for more info!
2. Be aware of your excuses.
Most of the time, the reasons we tell ourselves that we "can't" workout or "can't" eat healthy are just excuses. Be aware of when you have legitimate reasons to not stick to your plan, or when you are making excuses and sabotaging your progress. If you are sick with the flu or have an injury, by all means, take care of yourself! But you CAN still put nourishing foods in your body, you don't have to throw in the towel completely! If you really want what you are working towards, you will find a way to make it happen. Wake up earlier to get your workout in, pack snacks with you instead of stopping at a drive-thru or bakery...plan ahead so you don't have a reason or excuse to fall off plan!
3. Break up your goals!
If you need to lose 50-75 lbs, that may seem overwhelming! Start small and break up your goals. For example, set a goal to lose 10 lbs in the first month instead of 50 lbs in 6 months. If you want to workout in the mornings, start small by making it a goal to set your workout clothes out the night before. Plan your meals 3x/week instead of starting to cook gourmet dinners all of a sudden. These small baby steps will reap big rewards, and small positive actions will lead to bigger lasting change!
4. Celebrate victories!
Celebrate every victory you experience on your journey! If you worked out before your family got up, give yourself a pat on the back! If weight loss is your goal and you lost weight, no matter how much, celebrate that. I'm a firm believer in celebrating our wins. You can even reward yourself with a mani/pedi or new outfit, but please don't reward yourself with food! You don't "deserve" a donut or junk food, you deserve to feel nourished and healthy! Rewarding with food will just set you back, but celebrating your wins will give you more confidence to keep pushing towards your goals!
As we enter the second month of the year, stay strong with your resolutions and intentions for 2017! I hope these tips and tricks will help you realize that you CAN follow through on your goals and live a healthier, happier life!