While making resolutions can be super easy, it’s keeping them that can get a little bit tricky. Resolving to lose weight is #1 on many people’s list of goals this year; however, by February it can be challenging to keep up with those resolutions if you’re not giving yourself that same initial push. Maybe your exercise routine is still working strong, but nutritional changes have fallen off the wagon again. Here are a few ideas to keep your nutritional habits heading in a positive direction!
Googling the newest diet plans may not spark the motivation you are looking for. Do a little research about healthy eating and compare that with your current nutrition. Ideally you want to be making healthy lifestyle changes and it’s important that they are realistic. Here are some questions you may want to start with: What are sources of lean protein? How can I get protein without eating meat? What is a complex carbohydrate v. a simple carbohydrate? How many grams of sugar should I have in a day?
2. Journal Writing
Journaling both your exercise and nutrition is an important part of holding yourself accountable. Writing throughout the day will help you stay on track rather than trying to jot everything from three days ago down in a notebook. If you write as you go along, you may find inspiration from your healthy breakfast to keep that trend going. Knowing that you have to record what you ate may make you think twice about your dessert choices. This method has proven to be successful when trying to lose weight- that’s why the members of our Weight Loss Program keep journals!
3. Check-In With Your Goals
Setting long-term goals is very important, but be sure to have smaller markers along the way. This way you can reassess your progress throughout your journey if needed. Make sure you utilize your nutrition journal and time with your Exercise Physiologist. Write down any questions you have because they are your #1 resource! Talk with friends or family who have set similar resolutions for themselves and help each other our- you’re all in this together. Not only will you hold yourself accountable, but you can help each other along the way!
By Louise Mills-Strasser