Did you know that there are only 112 days until Christmas and 119 days until the end of the year? That’s right – we are in the final one-third of 2012.
Many of us start our diets over and over before we finally get going on a path that will lead us to living at a healthy weight for life. For me, I started dieting in every month of the year, although I almost began anew in January.
This Labor Day holiday is a great time to reboot your commitment to healthy living – especially with the holiday eating season right around the corner.
When I need to reboot myself I follow these 5 simple steps:
1. Restate Your Goal
We all start off with the best of intentions, but life happens. It is absolutely impossible to be perfect all the time and sometimes we lose sight of our goal. When I reboot, I remind myself what my goal is. It may be a particular weight, a fitness goal, a healthy eating goal, or even fitting into a particular outfit. Whatever your goal is, restate it to yourself in writing and keep your goal in front of you as the year progresses.
2. Define Your Rules
I’m not a big rules person, as I like to do things my own way, but in the quest to live a healthy lifestyle I do have some loose rules that help me stay committed. My “rules” for myself include eating little processed foods, not eating after dinner, and exercising most days of the week. I also weigh daily and occasionally track my food to make sure that I’m getting a well-balanced diet. I’d encourage you to think about what “rules” or “guidelines” work for you and commit to sticking with them.
3. Reboot Your Kitchen
It’s really easy to let unnecessary foods sneak into your diet. Have you purchased “non-foods” at the grocery store that you know in your heart are not good for you or for your diet? I do it and most of the people I know have it happen from time to time. Use this holiday to look in your refrigerator and pantry and analyze what’s good and what’s not so good. Get rid of the really bad stuff and commit to not purchasing it anymore.
4. Think Long-Term
Stumbling blocks for me include sweets and salty chips – still. However, I do not let the occasional overindulgence of either of these foods derail me from trying to consistently live a healthy lifestyle. When you stumble, remember that this is a long-term journey. An occasional stumble won’t negatively affect you unless you allow it to turn into a long-term slide back into bad habits.
5. Revamp Your Exercise
The fall is a great time to exercise in most places because of the temperate weather. If you’ve slacked off of your exercise plan or just become complacent, make a new exercise plan that gets you motivated and excited. For me, trying a new workout or increasing my intensity makes me feel stronger and healthier. Try signing up for a fitness challenge like a mini-tri or a 5K to help you achieve your fitness goals.
What do you do to reboot your healthy lifestyle plan? Diane