Don't Give Up: 6 Tips to Keep Your Fitness Goals Going
If you didn’t want to sit around all day watching Netflix and eating junk food, are you even human? We’ve all wanted to bail when it comes to our diet at some point or another. Even if you’re seeing signs of success (i.e. clothes getting larger, your weight on the scales, your mood), sometimes it’s just too damn hard to keep up. So you eventually give up and you’re left exactly where you started, wishing and hoping. Here’s a hot tip: DON’T FKING GIVE UP! We’re the living, breathing proof that a healthy lifestyle can change your life. Need some help? We’ve got 6 tips to keep your fitness goals going.
1. Enjoy your favourite foods (in moderation)
No one said you can’t have any of your favourite foods. After all, we only live once, right? Instead of completely cutting out all foods that make you happy, reward yourself with a cheat meal (that’s ONE meal, folks) once a week. This way, you’ll continue to follow your fitness plan with a little motivation and no limitations. P.S. If you’re craving chocolate, a few pieces of good quality dark chocolate that’s high in cocoa (70% or more) could actually curb your cravings and hey, it’s actually good for you.
2. Never not have “snacks”
How many times have you caught yourself opening and closing the fridge and pantry, secretly hoping something delicious (and easy) will magically appear to satisfy your hunger pangs? Well the good news is that with a little bit of effort on your part, you can create these delicious foods for your times in need. Having readily low calorie “snacks” available, that don’t need much effort to prepare, can help you keep on track of your eating habits. Cut up some veggies with some hummus dip, a handful of unsalted nuts, a piece of fruit, or a small bowl of homemade popcorn with a little olive oil and reduced salt are some of the easiest ways to not “ruin” your diet and keep you satisfied!
3. Get rid of the junk
Temptation is a dangerous game, so it’s best you don’t play. Give your kitchen a nice detox and rid of all “junk” that’ll tempt you in moments of weakness. If there’s a naughty draw, cupboard or even shelf filled with chips, chocolate and cookies, give it to someone else, ‘cause you won’t be needing it. There should be nothing in your kitchen to make you feel bad about your diet, or make this any more difficult than it has to be. Trust us on this one.
4. Slow and steady wins the race
Rome wasn’t built in a day (and neither were the Kardashians). If you’re seeing that you’re losing weight a little slower than you had hoped, don’t be discouraged. Losing weight isn’t easy, but with hard work and determination you’ll get there. To keep things realistic, set small and achievable goals week by week so your journey is a gradual and enjoyable one. Remember that people don’t usually see significant changes to their body until the third month, so don’t give up!
5. Ditch the daily scales
So you lost a kilo yesterday and gained it back today? The solution? Save yourself the disappointment, and introduce a weekly weigh in. Daily fluctuations are only natural (and human) and it could just be something your stomach is finding harder to digest or it may just be some extra fluid. Weighing yourself weekly is a more successful weight loss method. Just Make sure to weigh yourself each week under the same conditions (same time, same day, same scales, same clothes) to avoid any confusion in your weight.
6. Surround yourself with awesome people
All we need is love, especially when we’re feeling vulnerable. Support from family and friends is vital when reaching your fitness goals. The worst thing is to surround yourself with people who don’t believe in you and bring you down. You need people to complain to on days when your muscles are aching, and you need a support system for those days when you just don’t want to go to the gym. You can even encourage family members to work out with you! When you’re feeling like you’re ready to give up, a positive group of people who love and support you will encourage you to continue and redefine your goals, making it all so much more worth it in the end.