Why is it so hard to stay on track? We have set so many different goals and countless have failed, but this time we want to achieve my dreams. Our mindset is different this time and feel it is now or never and we want it to be now, but we know that unless we make changes to the way we do things we will slip back into our old ways again. We have put systems in place this time to keep us on track and put our energies into achieving our goals.
Planning and preparation
It will come as no surprise that we love food and during this journey the main key to keep us on track with our food intake is to make sure that we have all the food we need for our meals and snacks, for the week, in the house so that I do not need to keep nipping into the shops where I am surrounded by temptation. I will sit down one afternoon, generally the day before I go shopping, and plan the menu for the week. This will include breakfasts, lunches, dinners and healthy snacks. I will then go shopping with my list…I have forgotten it before and that was disastrous. Once the shopping is done and organised I can relax in the knowledge that I don’t have to think or worry about what I will eat today.
Set our goals for the week
At the weekend, Brenda and I sit down and talk about how well we did that week and set our goals for the week ahead. What exercise will we do? What do we want to achieve? What can we improve on? We both have different routines but we do like to sit down together and plan the week ahead, this helps us both to stay focussed and it is harder to make excuses as to why we can’t do something, instead we think about what we will do and what else we can do. It is a great way to keep us motivated. We don’t set goals for our weight-loss as we do not want to stress about it, we are changing our lifestyle and that is our focus.
Inspiration comes to us all in many different forms; stories, pictures, music, quotes, videos and even smells (the smell of baking always inspires me eat cake!) but for us a visual reminder is something that can inspire us both and is easy to implement. We have created an inspiration board that we can look at every day to help us to remember what our goals are and why we want to do this. We have a couple of photos of ourselves (in slimmer days) that we like, motivational quotes, pictures of the Charity Challenge we want to do and some work out tips for when we want to change it up. It is great to look at and see why we are doing this.
Before I became ill we used to be quite active but afterwards it was hard to plan anything because it would all depend on how I was feeling, so we stopped doing as much. In the last year, I have been able to do a lot more as long as I have a couple of rest days a week. We realise when we sit down to slob out in front of the telly how easy it would be to slip back to the old ways. To stop us doing this we have created a list of activities for us to do depending on how much time we have. I am not saying we don’t slob out in front of the telly anymore but now when we do it is to watch sporting events or to relax and wind down with rubbish TV rather than just a habit. The list of activities comprises of local places we want to visit, days out and jobs we want to do around the house and garden. It is good to have a selection of choices so we have something for all moods and weather! This is really helping us to stay active and not get bored which, it turns out, is great for our waistlines.
We find that having a support network is key to keeping us on track. It is great that we both want to do this together so that we can support each other. If one of us is struggling, then it is great to have the encouraging words of support on hand to help. We also have a couple of friends that we can chat to about hints and tips or recipes, or what worked for them. This kind of support is priceless. Finally, we have the support of our wider network since we started writing this blog. It has been great to put it out there and find support from places we never expected. We never lose sight of the fact that we are doing this for us but it is a great motivator having accountability to others too.
If you have any more systems or tips to help us with our healthy living, we would love to hear them.
Here’s to living the Dream,