Yikes! Halloween is just around the corner and we all know what that means… The beginning of the holiday season and all of the decadent and delicious food that comes with it.
Double yikes! The scale is showing a number that can’t be right and the stress of the holiday season is now looming over your head.
How are you ever going to reach the weight loss goals that you set for yourself earlier in the year when you’ve somehow managed to get off track and soon all the tasty holiday treats will be tempting you daily?RELATED: RECOMMENDED PLANS FOR YOU
Pause. Take a deep breath. What we have here isn’t so much a disaster as it is a challenge.
The question is, are you up for the challenge? I know you are so let’s get down to it and look at a few ways you can get back on track with weight loss and go into the holiday season with confidence.
1) Set goals – You can’t get where you want to go if you don’t have the end point in mind. Looking at the big picture and being honest with yourself about where you ultimately want to be with your weight loss is the first step to get back on track.
How much weight do you hope to lose?
What is your time frame for this weight loss goal?
Why do you want to lose this particular amount of weight?
How are you going to feel when you succeed?
Those most successful at reaching their goals always make sure to write their goals down on paper, decide on a time frame and set a date for achieving the goal, make their goals realistic and achievable and attach a ‘why to’ the goal.
There is nothing like knowing why you want to achieve a goal to keep the fire burning under you!
2) Make a plan – Once you have your goals written down and put in a prominent place so that you can review them daily it is time to make a plan.
What actions are going to help you move towards your goals? What obstacles are you going to face and how might you work around those obstacles?
When you are deciding exactly what steps you need to take in order to reach your goals make sure to keep yourself in the front of your mind. What I mean by this is to keep your likes and dislikes, daily schedule, commitments and personality traits in mind every step of the way.
If you hate waking up early don’t plan your workouts for 5 am. If you are always busy on the weekends don’t plan on grocery shopping and meal prepping for the week on Sunday. You have to make your plan around you, not what others say or what you think you should do!
Writing down everything that you eat throughout the day does not typically top the list of most enjoyable things to do but it is necessary. For 3-5 days keep a notebook handy and jot down when you eat, what you eat, and how you were feeling at the time.
DO NOT dramatically change your eating habits for the days that you keep a diary!
If you want to get back on track you have to be honest with yourself and look at where you really are, not where you wish you were. The food diary will help you notice trends in your eating habits, such as always having a bowl of ice cream in the evening or always skipping breakfast and then eating a huge lunch, as well as what types of foods you are eating.
This will allow you to make changes in your habits and food choices to jump start your weight loss.
4) Hire a professional – It isn’t always easy to admit that we don’t have all the answers but let’s face it, we don’t. And despite all of the information out there on the internet, wading through the hype to get to the facts can be overwhelming.
Instead of wasting your precious time and energy learning about the things you know little about, enlist the help of a nutritionist, personal trainer, or coach and let them do the work for you. It is also extremely helpful when you are held accountable for your actions.
I mean, who is going to skip a training session after paying hard earned money for the personal trainer that is now expecting you to show up and put in the work?
As you can see, getting back on track with your weight loss doesn’t have to be overwhelming but it will take some work.
I’m always listening so if you need help, have questions or are looking for a personal trainer, running coach, or nutrition coach you can find me on my Expert Profile page.
Happy, healthy living my friends!!
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