We all know the feeling. The start of a new year brings promise, exciting hope, and a motivated mindset. We read up on the benefits of juicing, eating more vegetables, and working out daily and suddenly feel the urge to fill our fridge with greens and enlist in the most advanced gym membership offered. But then after a couple of weeks of choosing dandelion tea over coffee and stevia over sugar, things can go a little pear shaped. It's inevitable that old habits may rear their alluring head, but this doesn't mean that you are failing at carving out your new healthy lifestyle. You are just getting started.
Here are some ways to stay on track and keep motivated once you've set those New Years resolutions:
1. Think about what you are NOT eating rather than what you are: It's a lot easier to add stuff in than it is to take stuff out. Rather than imposing strict rules on yourself, the easiest way to introduce new healthy habit is create a new one in order to crowd out the bad. If your goal is to start eating healthier, think about the foods that are lacking in your diet, rather than what food you need to automatically cut out. Over time, you'll notice the more nutrient-based foods that are placed in your daily routine will begin to override the junk food.
2. Forgive yourself: Be totally okay with wherever you are at in this point in your life. Be gentle with yourself. Don't berate yourself.
3. Keep your eyes on the end result: Whenever you feel yourself loosing enthusiasm, continually remind yourself what it is you want to achieve and exactly why you are doing it. Write out your goals and post them in highly visible places, such as your bathroom mirror or the refrigerator. Having a clear vision of what you want will pull you through the murky moments.
4. Surround yourself with positive and supportive people: Put yourself directly in front of healthy enablers. These people will support you, praise you, and be there for you when you slipup.
5. Be realistic: The number one reason why people fail on their resolutions is because they set themselves up for failure. It's great to set goals, but keep in mind, what you set out to accomplishment should be attainable. If your overall goal is to loose x amount of pounds in two weeks, try to think of the ultimate outcome. If you do reach that goal, where will you go once it's accomplished? Make your plan work for you and always keep your best health top priority. You have to believe with all of your being that it is possible to get to where you want to be. If this is the case, nothing will be able to stop you!