A few weeks back I told you about how I had been struggling to stay focused and on track. Today, I want to tell you the four areas I focused on to get me back in the groove.
Even if you tackle just one of these areas, you will be well on your way to gaining your momentum and looking great this summer.
No, it’s not too late.
First off, find out where the sugar is located and methodically knock it out of your diet. You always need to be super vigilant about sweets. Eating sugar causes you to crave even more; it increases your appetite and contributes to fat storage. So any time you find yourself eating out of control and looking for a sugary pick-me-up, you know you have gone too far. And remember, no one is immune to the White Crystals grasp. I had stayed away from sugar for years, and suddenly noticed that it had made its way back into my diet before I realized what was happening. So beware.
Next, take a close look at your portion sizes; and be honest. Justifying another helping of rice or another serving of steak will not help your efforts. At the beginning of every meal, take a reasonable portion, enjoy it and then be done. For me, I had gotten sloppy about the ends of my meals; one bite here, another there. This “stealth eating” can add up pretty quickly if you don’t nip it in the bud. Awareness is all it takes to get it under control.
Thirdly, look at the quality of the foods you are consuming. Have you strayed from at least 5 servings of veggies and or fruits per day? If so, something else is filling that void. I was relying heavily on bars, and crackers with peanut butter for my snacks; both much heavier than my usual Greek yogurt or an apple with nuts. Think about the density of your food choices; the lighter it feels in your hand, the fewer the calories. So I switched my snacks out to veggie or fruit based options.
And finally, rethink your exercise routine and reclaim your motivation. When life gets hectic, the first thing to fall by the wayside is physical activity. Ironically, this is when we need it the most. Exercise relieves stress and puts us in a healthy state of mind. It influences the way we eat and the way we feel about ourselves. My own routine started to suffer due to too many skipped workouts caused by poor planning and lack of motivation. So I hit my calendar and found the perfect time slot within my day to fit a workout in (6:00 AM). This gives me a consistent routine to follow, and I am sticking with it.
The other piece that was missing for me was the motivation to want to exercise. I overcame this obstacle by revisiting my goals and finding daily inspiration on Instagram. Who knew? A picture tells a thousand words, and there is always someone out there willing to share their journey, whether it’s a recipe, a workout or amazing results. (You can follow me as well @AnnetteAlfieriNutrition).
Soooo, there you have it; how I pulled myself up, out, and back into my healthy, happy routine.
Follow these four simple steps for your own transformation. We all fall off track occasionally, but knowing how and when to pull it back in is the key. So start today. I’m rooting for you.
Leave a message below and tell me what you discover as you go through each step. And, don’t forget to tell me exactly how you got your groove back.