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Staying on Track

California MountainDeciding to make healthy changes in your life isn’t easy. And once you do, it can be equally challenging to stay on the right path. Because while taking that first step requires willpower and determination, all too often we find ourselves sliding backwards, despite how good it can feel to make those positive changes.

There are many reasons why this happens – self sabotage, distracting relationships, life events that seem to get in the way, unexpected issues at work.  Whatever the reason, here are some tips to help keep you on track:

  • Stay Focused  Do you have a clear goal?  Write it down and tape it to your computer, or your fridge, or put it in your wallet. As simple as this sounds, the act of writing down your goal and keeping it in a place you’ll see it frequently will encourage you to focus on where you want to go and why you want to keep moving forward.
  • Be Prepared  If your goal is to lose weight, and you’ve started a new workout regimen, try to have ONLY healthy food choices at home. If there are bad choices in the back of your pantry, the temptation to slip can be overwhelming.
  • Schedule Steps  Make use of your calendar to schedule the milestones that are important to helping you accomplish your goal. There really is an app for everything!
  • Set up a Support System  Enlist friends and family members to support you in your quest, and make sure they understand exactly what you’re trying to accomplish. Surrounding yourself with loved ones can help push you to reach your goal.
  • Make yourself a Priority  Remember how important you are: to yourself and to others. You’re worth the time and the effort so keep going!

Implement these ideas and you’ll be more likely to keep moving ahead, in the right direction.