It takes hard work, time and dedication to establish healthy habits, especially when you come from a lifetime of eating poorly, or have worked hard to lose excess weight. The last thing you want to do is slide back into old habits and have to start all over again. In fact, maintenance is much — MUCH — easier than creating something new.
Unfortunately, maintenance can also feel mundane at times. That’s why we rounded up 3 foolproof ways to maintain those healthy habits, even when things feel monotonous or the temptations are amping up.
1) Keep stability wherever possible.
In an ever-changing, busy world, things are definitely going to get in the way of your healthy habits. You might find yourself out to a restaurant with friends, at a party, in a hurry — all the life things that come along at any given moment.
In all the chaos, do what you can to keep your routines around cooking and fitness consistent. Keep your regularly scheduled meal plans and continue to exercise at least 5 days a week at the same time.
2) Keep a journal.
A food diary is a great way to make sure you’re staying on track with your daily calorie goals. Journaling about the emotions you’ve associated with creating healthy habits is also a great way to keep those habits going strong.
Write about how happy it made you feel to be a week in and realize you’d stayed under your calorie goal each day. Write about how accomplished you felt after a workout. Make a list of what you appreciate about your life now compared to before.
Then, whenever you start to feel yourself slipping back into old habits, re-read what you’ve written to remind yourself about the positive emotions associated with your new lifestyle.
3) Set yourself up for success.
Keeping those healthy habits doesn’t have to be complicated. Do things to help yourself along, such as making food ahead of time that’s easy to heat up throughout the week, or utilizing healthy meal delivery services like Diet-to-Go that do the work for you.
You can also do things like setting out workout clothes the night before, or putting reminders in your phone to take vitamins or go for a walk. Any little thing you can do to create an atmosphere that makes success easier is critical.
Author: Caitlin H
Diet-to-Go Community Manager
Caitlin is the Diet-to-Go community manager and an avid runner. She is passionate about engaging with others online and maintaining a healthy, active lifestyle. She believes moderation is key, and people will have the most weight loss success if they engage in common-sense healthy eating and fitness.