Stay On Track At Parties All Summer Long
People spend so much time through the winter getting in shape for summer. New Years' Resolutions and trying to detox from the winter holidays... all to end up behind again in the fall.
This up and down cycle is unhealthy for your mind + your body and eventually, your mind and body just won't be up for the same game. Being healthy isn't a temporary thing - it's not a life-long diet, but it's about adapting a holistically healthy lifestyle.
So in order to honor all of your hard work from the winter, how about continuing to make healthy choices that support your healthy lifestyle instead of work against it? Here's how to stay on track all summer-long by just tweaking 1 thing.
Before you head to a party, you probably give yourself enough time to shower + get ready, right? What if you also gave yourself time to mentally prepare?
One of the best things you can do for your lifestyle is to be more intentional and to think ahead. It might sound silly at first, but think about the cookout or party you're headed to as you get ready:
Where is it?
Who will be there?
What food / drinks will be served?
How do those people expect you to show up? Eat? Drink?
Think about potential obstacles or influences that might tempt you to veer off or fall back into old habits....
Now, think about how you can do better and dance around those obstacles. Set your intention and stick to it.
Going through a mental checklist is important because it prepares you for obstacles (especially if you're easily swayed). And when you're prepared, you're better equipped to make a healthier decision rather than be blindsided and fall into those old habits or back into a lifestyle that people expect from you from before you started this journey.
Here are a few other little things you can do to help, too:
1) Set yourself up for success - eat a healthy snack or meal before you go + hydrate!
2) Give yourself a limit - time limit, snack limit, drink limit.
3) Stick to it -- the quickest way to confidence is to do what you said you would -- and confidence is KEY to staying motivated in the long run. When you feel good about yourself, you make better choices. And long-term is what we're after because doing something once won't yield massive changes - it's what you do consistently that will bring in the results you're after.
A word about when things don't go as planned despite your best intentions...
It happens to everyone from time to time. If you succumb to temptation, it's ok. Don't waste any time or energy feeling guilty or bad about it. Just do better at the next meal, snack, or day. Try to stick to 80/20. 80% of the time you're on track and you're doing what you intended to do and leave 20% for the unforseen whoops :-)
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