Stopping that Slippery Slope
My last post, I went into how slippery of a slope it can become for me when I detour from my nutrition for too long.
Sure, after I have hit a goal I ALWAYS give myself at least a couple of days where I eat what I want.
Now, I'm not saying I sit down to an all-you-can-eat buffet for hours upon hours, but I do allow myself to enjoy the foods I normally wouldn't eat.
This does two things...
- It gives my body the needed break from lower calories, IF that is what I was doing. Your body can only stay on a lower calorie nutrition plan for so long before it starts to break down and before you know it, you've gained weight back.
- Helps me keep my sanity. ;)
But as I had said, when I do take these detours, I do need to make sure I keep myself on track. I can, and have, detoured from my nutrition for so long that all the work I put in before, is now gone and I have to start all over.
And when I do detour from my nutrition for too long, it can be very hard to get back on track.
At least for me.
But eventually I do get back on track and I know you can too.
Here are 3 simple ways to get back on track with your nutrition when you've taken too long of a detour...
- Set a new goal for yourself I love setting goals for myself because they always have an end date. I can look at the calendar and know that I have "X" amount of days/weeks/months to get to the goal. I also love setting new goals to get me back on track because then I have new momentum. I get excited about the new goal and love working towards it.
- Have someone else hold you accountable Sure, it is easy for me to say "I'll get back on track on Monday", but then how easy is it for me to say "OK, just one more doughnut!". For me? VERY EASY! This is one of the reasons I love writing this blog. I know that I have people holding me accountable. I know that when I write about a goal and have a set date, if the date comes and goes and I don't post anything about the end results, people will ask me why.So ask for someone to keep you accountable. Maybe even be partners in crime and keep each other accountable. Do daily, weekly or monthly check ins..doesn't matter. Just keep accountable.It also helps to have someone to keep you accountable because then when temptation does arise, and it always will, you can have that person(s) to call up and they can help you off the ledge.
- Put up a picture of yourself when you hit your last goal
Every time I hit my goals, whatever they may be, I always take an after picture. This way I have documentation of how I looked after I completed my goal.Not all of my goals are based on my body composition, but I like to take before and after pics to see if what I did for my training and nutrition program had any effect on it. Ninety percent of the time, it does, whether good or bad.For example this week I printed off an after picture I took of myself from November (the one above). I'm hanging this somewhere that I will see it everyday to remind myself what I am working towards.
One thing I don't do is put up pictures of other females in the fitness industry that I want to look like or aspire to look like. For me, that can also be a slippery slope. I am who I am and I have the body that I have. Sometimes when I start comparing myself/my body to others, the waters can get mucky and I loose site of what I am really trying to achieve.
These are just a few easy things I use to get myself back on track. In fact, I'm doing all 3 right now to help with my nutrition after my vacation.
So if you are having trouble getting back on track with your nutrition, or maybe even just starting it, try at least one of these ways to help you. Having that extra "omph" to push you even when you want to devour a whole tub of ice cream, can do wonders.