Do any of these sound familiar? “I fell off the wagon”…“I’ve really blown it now”… If you are feeling overwhelmed with trying to get back on track, this podcast episode is for you.
If you listened to the podcast last week you will know that I experienced burnout this past summer and along with it, some weight gain.
When you are in the middle of burnout, or are experiencing a low mood and are seeing old eating habits come back or the scale creeping upwards, knowing where to start can feel overwhelming. If you are burnt out or struggling with your mood right now, address that first. Ask yourself, “what will make me feel better today?” Addressing your mood first will help make it easier for you to address your eating or your weight later.
And that is exactly what I did. I worked on feeling better first and improving my mood. I’ve been focusing on my self care and my morning routine. So now that I am feeling better, I am able to focus on my eating from a much better place and get back on track.
What does it mean to “get back on track”? Think of it as getting back to where you were or where you want to be. What does your normal look like when you are doing well? That is your “track”. There will be times in your life when you might shift away from the track and the skill to develop is getting back on track with minimal effort and stress.
We all have beliefs that directly get in our way of getting back on track. Beliefs that you can’t do it, or that it’s too hard to get back on track, or that you always regain your weight will create more struggle.
In order to get back on track, you need to believe in yourself.
How you think about the process matters, and it directly impacts your success.
Here are some steps to take to help get you back on track. Be sure to listen to the whole podcast episode for more details on these.
- Dismantle the obstacle course. Find the obstacles that your mind is creating that make it harder to get back on track and systematically dismantle them.
- Decide to believe in yourself and your ability to get back on track. You can do it!
- Look for keystone habits. These are the things that you can do where everything else seems to fall into place.
- Look for simple solutions. Figure out what will work for you and what is the path of least resistance for you to getting back on track and building momentum.
- Pick yourself up as you go. Obstacles are an expected part of losing weight. When you hit an obstacle, or when you fall down, get back up and keep going.
Listen to the full podcast episode to hear my tips on making it easier to get back on track and to start moving towards your goals again.