After setting some goals for yourself, things are going great and you are really in a groove, then suddenly your motivation is waning and overall excitement and dedication are diminishing by the day. Hitting a road block along your journey to wellness is totally NORMAL. Here are some go-to MUST-HAVES to keep you on track. Keep these in your arsenal and those lackluster days will quickly become a thing of the past.
Invest in some at-home materials and equipment for facilitating your end goal
Make sure that you have a good mixer for chopping, processing and blending, this makes meal prep & cleanup a breeze.
Purchase a handful of durable, leak-proof and shatter resistant glass food containers that can withstand the microwave and oven. These containers will keep your healthy eating and meal prep on point. Other materials are a nuisance to clean and tend to get smelly.
A yoga mat, some light hand weights and an exercise band are a great start to keep you moving at home. Spend time online for inspiration, there are countless free workouts and tips. This equipment will come especially handy for days when you are really pressed for time and still want to get your heart rate going with an express workout. Having the yoga mat out will also act as a friendly reminder to stretch, relax, restore and decompress before hopping into bed at night.
Make accomplishments real and visible
We are good with preparation and prior planning when it comes to work and others, but consider having a calendar for YOURSELF. Hang it in a spot that you will notice to log your personal targets. Schedule meal prep time, work-out time, call BFF time… otherwise days fly by without achieving any of your personal goals. Once you satisfied an objective or achieved a particular milestone, cross it off. Having a visual guide really helps keep you on track, plus there is something extremely gratifying about ticking things off that you can see, it makes it more tangible. You can give yourself a well-deserved mental high-five with each tick!
Have an accountability buddy
Having a confidant keep you on track is an extremely powerful resource not to be underrated. Friendly competition will keep you motivated and a commitment to somebody that you respect will keep you accountable. Pick somebody who is like minded that you trust, admire, can relate to and feel comfortable with. Be specific one another about how you want to meet your goals. Make time to regularly check-in with one another (a simple email or quick text will suffice). Periodically revisit goals to keep you on track.
Make short-term and long term self-agreements - if I work-out three times this week and eat clean M-F, I will go out for cocktails on Friday with my friends. If I achieve my target of clean eating and consistently exercising three days a week for 1 month, I will purchase those cute workout pants with the coordinating sports bra. Before you know it, the workout attire will get tighter and shorter with each passing month of consistently sticking to your plan!