I don’t know if you’re like me…but long weekends are my kryptonite. Big time. I feel like I fall off the fitness wagon every time the kids have a 4 day weekend. Or longer! That’s completely no bueno. It’s crazy how quickly I can snap into ‘vacation mode’ and decide I need to eat ALL THE THINGS. And then of course we don’t go to the gym. Or workout at home. And suddenly we plan to gym again now that life is normal and I realize it’s been a week since I’ve done anything healthy for myself. And I feel gross.
But you know what? Every day is a new day and a new chance to get back on track. Even if it has been 2, 3, or 6 days…or weeks…or even months since you’ve been at it. Just start again. Sounds easy enough, right? Then why does it feel so hard?
There are a few things I do when I’m trying to psych myself up to get back into the game.
- New water bottle. I said this in another post. Any time I get off track a new water bottle always makes me want to do better again. Drink my water, finish my workouts… I love it. And I always have way too many.
- New clothes! How can you not want to work out when you have cute new gym clothes. They don’t have to be expensive either. Walmart and TJ Maxx have great, budget friendly, options.
- Plan ahead. Having my workouts planned for the week is a big help. Write them down! Seeing it helps make it happen. I feel a lot worse canceling on a gym date when I know what I’m going to do.
- Start a program or challenge. Find a clean eating challenge like this one starting next week. Try a free weight training program like Jamie Eason’s Live Fit or maybe something to do at home like one of the many Beach Body programs. Or maybe join a diet bet! These sound so fun and maybe I’ll host one in a couple months before summer gets here.
So, is there anything special you do to get yourself back on track after slipping a bit? Let me know what you do to find your motivation again. I can definitely always use the help!