It is sometimes (or very often) difficult to stay on track with diet and exercise when there are so many distractions around. I have found that the longer I stick to eating clean, the less tempted I am by junk food that is available to me. If I am working my butt off 5 days a week in the gym, the last thing I want to do is ruin my hard work in a moment of weakness. It did take me a while to get to that point though. If you are struggling to stay on track- here are a few tips:
1. Plan your meals, and have them available at all times- It’s so helpful to me to have each of my meals/snacks packed in the fridge at work. I stick to my usual eating times, and when junk is available (which it is often at my work) I’m usually not even hungry. If you are in your car driving throughout the day, or are in class, keep a lunch box with you so you aren’t tempted by vending machines or drive-thrus when you get hungry. The times I’m most tempted are when I’m starving! It’s easiest just to not let yourself get to that point.
2. Drink water! I always underestimated the importance of this, but it really helps me. Have a bottle of water with you at all times. Often we think we are hungry, but our body is just thirsty-so drink up!
3. Keep your eye on the prize– find people in your life, or even a blogger or insta-grammer who inspires you. Focus on working towards your goals, think about feeling great on your upcoming vacation, or even just in your swim suit at the pool this summer. Being healthy is about feeling your best!
4. Get back up– if you do und up having a few unplanned cheats, pick yourself up and move forward. Drink lots of water and don’t beat yourself up! Life should not be about punishing/rewarding yourself with food. Focus on feeding yourself the nutrients your body needs to be your best self!
The weekends are the hardest time for me to stay on track. I’ve gotten better recently but I honestly feel that everything just becomes a habit after a while. Once you’re in the habit of eating clean, eating junk doesn’t really seem as appetizing. I have some digestion issues, and I get stomach aches often. It’s definitely made worse by eating anything greasy which really keeps me from wanting it in the first place.
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