Today I was speaking with a client who is struggling to stay on track with Clean Eating and working out because “Life Happens” and it keeps throwing her off. Here’s the reality, life is going to happen, we are always going to have things that come up, emergencies or unplanned circumstances that will prevent us from being 100% on track with everything that we have planned, like eating clean, working out, and other things that help to stay focused.
I remember that I used to beat myself up when I would fall off track due to an unforeseen circumstance and miss a workoutor give in to a craving. I would immediately think that I was a failure and lose my motivation to keep going. Does that sound familiar? That is the case for most people and it causes us to stay stuck on our journey or ultimately give up.
To help make sure that you stay on track and stay committed, here are a few tips that might help:
- Choose NON-NEGOTIABLE habit that you will do every single day. The kicker for this is to choose something that is small and that you can easily incorporate into your day. For example, for one of my clients, her non-negotiable is to drink a glass of water upon waking every morning. Mainly because she doesn’t drink enough water, so starting her day with water is a nice reminder to drink more water. When I was first starting on my journey, I made working out my non-negotiable, because I was so stressed out with my corporate job that I needed a release and that was my workout. It actually had nothing to do with weight loss, but moreso for the mental and emotional aspect of it.
- TRACK YOUR PROGRESS: When you choose your NON-NEGOTIABLE and do it every single day, it gives you a sense of accomplishment for that day. When you see that you were able to do your NON-NEGOTIABLE for a consistent period of time, it boosts your confidence in your ability to success. This keeps the motivation going and makes it easier to stick with it. It’s like that one win of the day, if you don’t do anything else for your goals, you can check off your NON-NEGOTIABLE.
- CELEBRATE your accomplishments. If you can successfully do your NON-NEGOTIABLE every day, at the end of the week reward yourself. It could simply be taking time to acknowledge your commitment or maybe it’s treating yourself to a massage or a bath. We are so focused on what we don’t do and what do wrong, that we rarely take the time to acknowledge and celebrate our victories – big or small.
The entire process of this makes it easy for you start building habits that will ultimately lead to a lifestyle that will help you be healthier and reach your goals. Also, since you are choosing one thing that you can easily integrate into your life, even if “life happens” will make it easier to stick with it and also give you something positive to focus on in the event of chaos.
What is your one NON-NEGOTIABLE that you want to focus on? How will you track your progress? How will you celebrate your success? I’d love to hear from you!