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Tuesday, May 7, 2013

The Bandwagon

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There are times in life when its easy for us to accomplish our goals and there are times that are more trying causing our goals to shift or to be pushed back.  The problem is often times when our goals shift we lose sight of them totally.  Thus falling off the bandwagon.

It's important to remember that one bad day can't undo a series of good days.  One cheat meal won't undo a week of healthy choices.  One chocolate bar doesn't equate a pound and one day off won't diminish your muscle.  Just don't let that one cheat/chocolate/lazy day turn into more than one.

There is temptation everywhere: the bowl of candy in the office, the soda machine in the lounge, the Sonic on the way home from work.  Not to mention the distraction: the floor that hasn't been swept in days, the last episode of The Office on DVR, the book that needs finishing.  Excuses are plentiful.

Keep your goals front and center.  Do whatever you have to do to hang onto the bandwagon for dear life.  After all, it just may be a matter of life.  I do lots of things to keep my goals as a top priority.

  • Share them.  Talk about your goals with as many people as will listen.  Post about them on your blog, Facebook, or Twitter.  Talk about them in the grocery aisle.  Text them to your friends.  I have found the more I talk about my goal, the more committed I am to reaching it.  I don't want to let all those people down if I don't!
  • Post a calendar somewhere so you see it every day.  For me, its my refrigerator.  I look at my fridge at least three times a day if not more.  I love crossing off my workout each day and having my completed workouts at the end of each month.  
  • Plan.  I plan everything.  I plan my workouts and my meals.  Sometimes that means brining clothes and shoes to work to get my workout done between school and classes or meetings.  Sometimes it means running before I work or right after before plans with my hubby.  Sundays are my meal planning days.  I plan our meals for the week based on what our schedules are like and what we have in our pantry.  I prepare all of our vegetables, fruits, salad, etc. so that we can grab and go throughout the week.
  • Surround yourself with motivation.  I only read blogs that inspire me in some way (faith, fitness, career, etc.) and I only follow people on Instagram that motivate me.  Surrounding yourself with positive people will, in turn, make you more positive.  The more positive you are, the more achievable your goals will seem and the harder you will strive to reach them.  If there are toxic people in my life, I spend as little time as possible with them.  I just don't have time to hear things like, "I don't know how you do it.  I couldn't do it."
What do you do to keep yourself on the bandwagon?

3 comments:

  1. AMEN! Love this post! Just what I needed to hear!

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  2. So true...Some people think that if they eat one bad thing, or don't exercise one day, then it's over...but that's just not true! I am a firm believer in planning...I'm so good about eating and exercising when I plan ahead. Another good one is sharing it with others, like you said!

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  3. Normally I use to plan everything in my daily route. I use to eat healthy foods and do exercise daily. Thanks for sharing a wonderful post with us.

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