Sometimes it’s so easy to slide off track, to fall back into old habits. For me, this is more apt to happen in summer, when everyone is home and my routines get turned on their head. To be honest, there are no routines. It all goes by the wayside. Yet, I still love summer and the break in rigidity that we have during the school year.
Unfortunately, eating right and exercise often get overlooked. And, even a few years into healthy eating, I still struggle to make good food choices when we go on vacation. In of itself, honestly, isn’t a big deal – go, enjoy vacation and get back to healthy eating when you get home. Well, that’s where I struggle still. Settling back INTO routines is so difficult for me.
Social Media Killers
Then, to make matters worse, I hop on to Facebook and see so many people touting the newest diet craze and how easy it is, and it’s a miracle diet. No it isn’t. It’s been around forever and just renamed. I’m glad it’s working for you, but that’s not my thing.
If the Facebook braggers weren’t enough to make me feel a bit worse about myself, what about all of the ‘research’? For every study promoting a food or health trend, there is another claiming the danger of said food or trend. If you read to into these studies, it can all be disheartening.
Finding My Healthy Habits to Lose Weight
Getting back to healthy habits can be so frustrating, and it has been for me. What used to work as motivators, well, those aren’t working anymore.
When I sit back and really think about it, it makes sense though.
My Old Goals Aren’t Right
- My goals aren’t what they were three years ago.
- My family dynamics have shifted as kids get older and their needs change.
- I have different things pulling at my attention than I did before.
Of course my old habits aren’t going to work.
After taking some time to re-evaluate where I am and what I want, it’s apparent I need to create new goals based off where I am today. And it’s important that you do the same while on your journey.
Here are some things to consider if you find yourself unable to find the motivation you once had.
Find a New Fitness Goal
What is it you want to accomplish in the next 6 months? 12 months? Have your fitness goals changed, and is there something more important to you now?
If you’ve had a lot of weight to lose, it’s always been about the scale and about fitting into the next size down. But, if you’re there or ALMOST there, maybe it’s time to find a different measure. Whether it’s running longer distances or increasing your mile time. Maybe it’s lifting heavier weights? Or, taking on a sport that you didn’t think possible at your heavier weight?
Or, maybe you’re bored of what you’ve been doing. Maybe it’s time to try something new.
Whatever it is, finding an achievable and measurable goal that helps keep you motivated is important.
Do Not Make a Weight Based Goal
Here’s a reality, your weight fluctuates. Not only that, but if you’ve been very heavy for most of your life (me), then finding a realistic goal weight is paramount. I’m never going to be 150 pounds. Nope. Not happening. But, I do have a number that I’d like to be… and I was there for about 10 minutes. I’ll get back to that spot, I’m not overly worried. It’s not my priority.
I’d like to fit into the size I was a year ago. That’s my goal. I’ve gone up one full size, but I’m not stressing too much on it. I’m not happy, but I’m not obsessed either. I’m still healthy and I had to just let it all go for a bit. Now, I weigh myself regularly just to see how my food choices affect the scale (I’m sensitive to sodium, like I can jump several pounds after a day of 2000mg of sodium). It’s terrible. But, knowledge is power.
Create a Routine
When will you exercise? Has that changed? Now that my kids are back in school, I should get up at 4:45am and work out. It’s not happening. That level of drive and motivation is gone.
And that’s okay as long as I schedule in a NEW time to exercise. This is something I haven’t done yet. This is the next thing on my to-do list, finding the time to exercise. My work load has increased, so it’s not as easy to go to the gym at 10am. So, what does my new routine look like? Well, that’s my job this week, finding a new routine.
A slight caveat – some routines you don’t want to change though. A perfect example is my night routine. I might not go to bed as early as I used to, and as my kids get older, my bedtime might become even later than it is now. But, I still shut down electronics at least 30 minutes before bed, I don’t have a TV in my room, and I will always have white noise. This is a great post talking about the importance of a good bedtime routine (CLICK HERE).
Find New Why’s
Your why will change, and it may have even changed several times during your weight loss phase. But, finding a new why isn’t always the same as a new goal. My why is that I worked my butt off to get here, I’m not going back there again. That isn’t even a strong enough why though. My ‘why’ right now is that my teens are watching me to show them a healthy relationship with food. That’s my why. I have a daughter who almost breaks out in hives at the idea of exercise. So, showing her nontraditional ways of exercise (take a dance class maybe or geocache) is an important lesson to teach her right now. What is your why?
It’s always good, regardless of where you are in your journey to health to stop, and re-evaluate things.
- Where are you?
- What changes have occurred in your life since you started this journey?
- Do you need to adjust your Why, your goals, your routines?
Checking in with yourself is so important to continue on the right path for you, and it might not look the same as your friend, or your spouse. There’s nothing wrong with that. Getting healthy means different things to different people.