Hi Guys! With the holidays over now, and all the good food and fun parties gone, it’s time to get back on track. Most people have new food and fitness goals going into the new year. Some people have an impressive amount of will power and can turn down all those holiday treats. But others, myself included, like to indulge in seasonal treats during the holidays. With all of the Christmas parties or family celebrations or even last minute shopping trips, sometimes it’s also hard to fit in your runs or workouts. Now is the time to get focused and get back on track. Today I’m sharing with you some tips for getting your health back on track.
Meal plan and prep
To me this step is the most important. If you take the time to plan and prep your meals, you are less likely to fail. When you don’t plan or prep, it’s easier to reach for something that’s not healthy and not good for you. If you take the time to prep healthy foods to have as meals and snacks throughout the week, then you will be less likely to grab a burger or your favorite fast food.
I like to spend Sunday afternoons prepping my food. I plan out my breakfasts, lunches, and snacks for the week and get those ready. I like to have fresh vegetables cut and ready to snack on with hummus. I also like to have fresh fruits washed and ready for a quick snack. I portion out my food into plastic containers so all I have to do each day is grab one for each meal.
It’s easy, doesn’t take much time, and ensures that I eat healthier.
This is also an important thing to do in order live a healthy lifestyle. A good diet and exercise go hand in hand. You need to schedule your workouts each day just like they are any other part of your day.
I know sometimes when I get off of work I just want to go home and curl up on the couch. But, if I have a workout scheduled and it’s on my planner in writing, I am more likely to do it.
I like to do this on Sunday afternoons also. I can plan out my whole week and know when and what kind of workout I’m going to be doing each day. I know I do much better when I have a plan and I can see it.
It also helps a lot if you have a workout buddy and can schedule your workouts together. You will be less likely to cancel a workout when someone is waiting on you.
Drink lots of water
There are lots of health benefits to gain from drinking more water. Water helps to raise your metabolism and it detoxifies your body. It keeps you hydrated and it can actually help you to feel full so you eat less. It also helps energize your muscles and keeps them from being sore.
There are so many benefits that come with drinking more water.
Write down your plans and goals
I am a visual person, so writing down what my plans and goals are helps me to see what I want to do. First choose realistic and reachable goals. Write them down and keep them somewhere that you can see them often, even daily. By writing down your goals, you are more likely to make them happen.
Keep a food and workout journal
This step will help you to stay accountable to yourself. By putting your food and workouts in writing you will be more apt to stick to a plan.
It will also help you to see what you are actually eating and what workouts you are actually doing. You can analyze your calorie input vs calorie output.
I like to use the My Fitness Pal app or my Fitbit app to record my food and workouts. (They are synced together so the Fitbit app automatically pulls the other data.)
I hope these tips help you to start a new year with new goals and I hope you reach them!