Today marks one week since the start of the New Year 2018. Many of us who set New Years resolutions for January 1st are still here and continue to plug away. If you are one of the people who feel like you have “fallen off the wagon”, don’t despair – you are not alone. For instance, take my gym – every January 1st, it’s absolutely packed with people starting on their weight loss, health and fitness goals. Come a few days later and the gym is virtually deserted, except for the same “gym rats” who have been here all along sweating and working their butts off. What is the difference between them and those who quit? The ones who stick to it do not allow anything to derail them from their healthy eating and workout routine – it has become a lifestyle, a constant in their life. The ones who gave up too easily are typically those who are looking for an excuse to go back to their old ways or sadly those who do not receive enough motivation and support to stick to their goals. It may sound a little harsh, but you have to keep your eye on the prize in order to succeed at anything in life, including weight loss, health and fitness.
So what do you do if you fall off track? It’s not all or nothing situation – you don’t have to wait till (insert: tomorrow, Monday, next week, next month, even next year) to start over. We are all human and we make mistakes – tell yourself you are done feeling sorry for yourself and start immediately, right away. If you wait, the same scenario is likely to happen again – it’s never going to be a perfect day or time to work on self-improvement. Your eating habits are not always going to be flawless – I know mine aren’t and I am still working on that. For example, I started posting pictures of my meals on social media, for extra accountability. The response has been so amazing and encouraging, I am even planning to start posting recipes on this site and social media, per multiple requests. You might even feel unmotivated to go to the gym on a rainy day, but you push yourself nevertheless and end up having that “imperfect workout” – maybe you didn’t burn 1000 calories, but you at least did something. You come out of the gym feeling much better about yourself as you just proved to yourself that you are disciplined and determined. This is all called building a habit, to turn your sporadic actions into habits and your diet and exercise routine into a healthy lifestyle. Get motivation and support from those around you, whether by getting a workout buddy, joining a gym class, in-person or online accountability group for your particular needs, using an app and connecting to online community through social media platforms, anything you can think of! You don’t have to limit yourself to just one source of support either: for instance, I frequently work out with my husband, who is one of those people that go to the gym no matter what, rain or shine, and it helps me get up and go too. I take fitness classes with my girlfriends and chat in the gym sauna later on, I created a Facebook page – Fit Mom Despite All Odds, so that people can follow along and we can all encourage and support one another, and I am also trying out a new meal planning and exercise app (more on that to come later).
Whatever you do, just don’t give up. It’s never too late to start over for as long as we are breathing. We can and will accomplish our goals this year, Despite All Odds.