Getting Back on Track...

It happens to all of us - you overeat, overindulge, and forget about workouts. But how do you get back on track? One thing I am guilty of is keeping up with a great routine until a holiday rolls around and I give into temptations that I normally wouldn't give in to. A co-worker brings cookies to work or your friends ask you to go out for drinks, you ate another and another and you can't seem to get back on track for a few days.

Since I am the first to admit that this is something I can be found guilty of I have decided to share my top FIVE tips to get yourself going again after a holiday break.

1. Set new goals! This is something I seem to be constantly doing. Whether or not it is in my work or in my personal life. I try to give myself one goal to accomplish each month. Set a goal that is attainable. For example my current goal for December is to make it to two 5:45 AM spinning classes a week. Getting up early five days a week is not reasonable for me, so I decided that two days per week should be enough.

2. Try a group workout class. I recently started spinning after a few years off to focus mainly on running. I found that spinning can be extremely motivating especially when in a group setting. It is easy on your joints and enjoyable because you are always switching intervals which seems to keep my mind off of the fact that I am working out.

3. Food prep. This is something that has become extremely important to my success. If I haven't made my meals for the week I go out and waste money and eat food that I wouldn't normally eat. I usually pick Sundays to do my food prepping. Sometimes it takes me one hour and sometimes it takes me four. Also, what I decide to cook for the week mostly depends on what I am currently craving. Below are some of my favorite recipes. I usually try to cook a protein, a vegetable, and a carb or starch.

4. Drink water. I know this sounds simple and everyone seems to say it, but I can't tell you how many times I have gained about 5lbs and lost them in a day by making sure I drink enough water. When you eat foods that are high in sodium and don't drink enough water, what you think may actually be fat around your abdomen may actually be water weight. Cut out the salty foods - potato chips, french fries, and other foods that are full of sodium and start drinking that water!

5. Track your food. This is something I do often and it is made easy with smart phone apps. The app that I use daily is called My Fitness Pal. My Fitness Pal makes it so easy for you to track your foods by having a built in scanner and a database with over 4 million foods. Below is a screenshot of what I have added for today. My Fitness Pal also makes it easy to track your workouts, water intake, weight, and food. I have customized my goals and meal names to help me stay organized. You can also track your progress as you go along your journey.

 Hopefully these top FIVE tips will help you to get back on track and stay on track for the remainder of the Holidays! Please comment below on how you stay on track and follow on Instagram @rosemaryandlace

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