You probably started your weight loss plan with the best of intentions, but something happened along the way. Injuries, illnesses, family emergencies, work stress, and other situations can interrupt a lifestyle change. If you’ve gone off course, forgive yourself. You’re only human. And now that it’s time to get back on track, follow these steps to start up your weight loss plan again.
Define your goal. Set a specific goal, so that you know exactly what to do and how to measure progress. Instead of, “I want to lose weight”, try “I’m going to lose 20 pounds by August” or “I’m aiming to lose one pound per week this year.”
Know your why. Why are you doing this? Do you want to feel more confident, did your doctor advise you to lose weight, or maybe you want to set a healthier example for your kids? Identify your reasons (you can have more than one) because they will serve as powerful motivation.
Limit restaurant meals. Restaurant meals are a common challenge for those following a weight loss plan, so avoiding them can make things much more simple for you. Set clear parameters around restaurant meals, such as once per week, to help yourself stick to your strategy. When you do go out to eat, check menus online first.
Socialize on your terms and turf. If you’re ready to become social again after a year of distancing, schedule small dinner gatherings or backyard cookouts at home. You can control the menu this way, and avoid the temptations of parties and restaurants.
Try something new. Fitness can become more fun when you’re excited about a new activity. Sign up for a class that has always interested you, buy a bike, or schedule a hike with a friend.
Practice positive self talk. At the end of each day, reflect on something for which you’re grateful. Then praise yourself for a job well done. Avoid focusing on small slip-ups, and concentrate on your progress.
Get support. It’s much easier to reach goals when you have the appropriate support. Call us to schedule an appointment, and we will help you devise a strategy to reach your goals.