Are You Sticking With Your Healthy Living Plan?
Gregory L. Gomez
It\’s always a good practice to reflect on the progress you\’re making on any goal you\’re striving for no matter how big or small. If the goal is truly something you want to achieve, then you should want to make sure you are doing everything you possibly can to help ensure your success.
In regards to developing and maintaining a healthy living plan, since this goal encompasses many different topics, it\’s important to reflect often to see what\’s been happening that\’s positive, and also figure out what still needs to be fixed or revamped.
Plain and simple, success losing weight and getting fit will happen for those who are willing to revise their plan and fix what\’s not working.
Effectively tackling the weight loss process takes time and commitment that will most likely make you feel awkward and uncomfortable for a bit.
For someone who hasn\’t worked out in years, it will be uncomfortable sweating and being out of breath when first getting used to exercising. For the individual who has been eating fast food everyday for the past 5 years, it will be uncomfortable cooking for themselves and reducing the portion size at each meal.
Heck, giving up soda alone may be one of the most difficult things many will have to come to terms with.
This is the main reason why you should constantly be checking to find out what\’s working and what\’s not. You can do this weekly or better yet, daily. The review and revise process doesn\’t take much time or effort on your part. Just mentally go over your nutritional choices for the day along with your exercise plan/schedule.
Since nutrition includes a wide variety of eating instances throughout the day, recall exactly everything you consumed (food and drink alike) from morning to night.
Try not to leave anything out. Yes, that soda and candy bar you bought at break counts. Yep, so do those handfuls of chips you snacked on while cooking dinner. They count too.
After you\’re done analyzing your day, ask yourself if there were any situations or instances that are considered unhealthy moments. If so these are the specific areas you will want to address first in hopes that in the following days you don\’t get hit with the same setbacks all over again.
Once you figure out what is consistently giving you the same trouble, see what can be done to solve the problem. If you are always struggling avoiding that vending machine in the break room at your job, how about instead bring a healthy snack to work along with a bottle of water. Try also not to go into the lunchroom and instead take a nice brisk walk for 0-30 minutes of physical activity. That\’s a great way to keep yourself from overeating at break times, plus you can get a nice amount of heart-pumping exercise while at work.
It\’s moments like these that will determine how successful you\’ll be with your weight loss efforts. The more you are willing to reflect and revise the unhealthy habits, you will be much more likely to reach your health and fitness goal.
Gregory L. Gomez, M. Ed, an elementary school teacher, also on a mission to develop a healthy life & lose weight. Follow his progress at
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