Here are some valuable tips to stay on track.
1. Stay connected to people
When I have planned and organised a big project, I let my friends know that I will be busy for a while. But I will stay in contact by sending them emails, keeping them informed how I progress with my project.
I might even stay in touch with the odd phone call. Never break off contact with your friends just because you have something important to do. Good friends are for life!
2. Track your progress
When you decide to lose weight, calculate first how much weight you want t lose. Then write a goals list. Write in a journal the weight you want to lose, and when do you want to have it lost by.
Write a journal while you are trying to lose weight and eat healthy food again; writing a journal is a vital and therapeutic tool to stay on track with your goals.
But don’t forget to “celebrate” each pound you lose. Treat yourself to a manicure or facial. Maybe there is a book you always wanted to read. Buy it when you have lost the first two pounds.
3. Make affirmations
Take a few minutes and write down affirmations that you can read every morning when you get up and in the evenings before you go to bed. You can create a vision board with affirmations. You can cut them out of magazines or write them on little post-its.
Another option is to write those affirmations into your journal so that you can read them whenever you feel like it. Here are some examples of affirmations: I love my body. I enjoy exercise daily. I take responsibility for what I eat. I am thin and attractive.
4. Show gratitude
Every evening, before you go to bed, think about what was good about today. I suggest that you write a gratitude journal.
This can be written into the journal with your weight loss goals. I write a gratitude journal too. Every evening I jot down what I am grateful about. For example: I am grateful for my healthy body. I am grateful for my cosy flat. I am grateful that I have to loving cats.
So, what are you grateful today? The meaning of writing a gratitude journal is that the more you are grateful what you already have in your life, the more good things will come your way.
5. Find a buddy
Whatever goal you have, you might want to find someone who shares the same goal with you. Let’s stick with the weight loss goal. Think about a friend, a colleague, a neighbour or even a family member who might want to lose weight too.
She might find it difficult to stay on track doing the weight loss programme on her own. Team up with her and achieve and celebrate your achievements together. If you can’t find a buddy from within your circle of friends, join a self-help group.
Self-help groups are a wonderful opportunity to exchange experiences, to find a buddy and to do networking at the same time.