You’ve worked hard, you’ve lost the weight and you’ve trained your butt off – literally – but slowly but surely old bad habits are starting to creep back in. An extra spoonful of mashed potato here, a third (or fourth) glass of wine there, and little by little all your hard work is being undone by a slow and sinister weight gain.
But don’t panic! Whether you’ve put on a little or a lot, it’s still fixable. All it takes is a bit of recommitment to your goals and you’ll fit right back into those skinny jeans in no time. Here’s how:
1 Own your mistakes
Don’t make excuses. You, and you alone, are responsible for your weight gain. The sooner you own your negative choices, the sooner you can turn them into positives. So put on your big-girl panties and go step on that scale.
Why has your motivation and commitment slipped? Are you bored/tired/lazy/all of the above? Being able to identify why you’re going backwards is the most important step to moving forwards again.
3 Find out what isn’t working for you
Is your eating plan too restrictive? Do you not have time to hit the gym anymore? Are you fed up with staying sober while everyone’s at happy hour? Pinpoint what went wrong along the way so you can start making the changes you need to ensure long-term sustainability.
4 Find out what did work
What was easy about your plan? What strategies for success did you use? What about your eating/training plan worked well? If it’s not broke, then do it again.
Once you’re able to own the situation, examine your motives and identify what did and didn’t work, you’ll have all the tools you need to pick up from where you left off. The wonder full thing about a healthy journey is that even if you go off track, you can still find your way back.
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