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Health and Fitness | How To Get Back On Track in the New Year


For the most part, there are two scenarios in play for New Years “resolutionists” who make fitness resolutions:

1. You’re still going strong through January.

2. Or,  you’re not.

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Usually by the third week of January, most gyms that have been flooded with folks who promised to get back on the fitness wagon have seen a few more open treadmills than they did in week one. By mid-February, those who are still coming are those who are really sticking with it.

Don’t worry. It’s nothing to be ashamed of. It’s called life. But that doesn’t mean you’re off the hook.

Get Back On Your Fitness and Health Goals Before It’s Too Late

Many people will say “I’ll start back on my diet tomorrow” … or even better “on Monday.” Monday is the most common day to start a diet. Diets aside, who loves Mondays?? A lot of people are already cranky on Monday mornings because they have to go back to work, scurry tired kids out the door for school, etc. Sure. Set yourself up by starting something that may be tough.

Forget the idea of “I’ll start Monday.” Start today!

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Bear in mind that “starting” doesn’t have to be some grand plan with 100 percent compliance. Everyone is different in their approach. I know people who have gone at their goals like bulldogs, and others who have taken the tiniest of baby steps to get there.

It brings me back to the words of a dietitian-turned-friend that I met years ago while I was in a weight loss program. I hope this resonates with you.

There’s a lapse … and then there’s a re-lapse.

Getting Healthy | Do You Really Want to Change?

People lapse on their diet and exercise plan. It happens. It happens one time. When you allow the lapse to happen again, it’s a re-lapse. And it gets easier to relapse again after you relapse once.

I’m a firm believer in that when people are ready, change will happen. We’re all more open to challenging ourselves when we’re open to it … and when we don’t resist it.

I’ve seen people fight it before because they weren’t really ready, and others who have that steel-eye focus and who are killing it. And like I said, everyone’s journey is different.

One friend started her 140-pound weight loss not by swapping her fast food burgers with chicken and broccoli. She started by eating fewer fast food burgers. She ate the same foods she had been eating, just less volume. (Note: I don’t encourage keeping these high-calorie, high-sodium burger choices in your diet. I am merely noting that this was her method. Since then she has radically changed her diet to a very clean, balanced diet.)

So if you’re still going after your goals like a tiger – or even like the tortoise who believes that slow and steady wins the race – then keep at it! If you’ve fallen off the wagon, just dust yourself off and start again … today. Even if it’s with one “better” choice. String enough of these “better” choices together and you’ll start to see a difference in your health.

Lori Rypka has been certified as a personal trainer through the American Council on Exercise since April 2010, and enjoys helping friends find their healthy selves. Follow Lori on her blog at Fumbled Into Fitness.

2 Comments

  1. Christin

    February 20, 2013 at 8:08 am

    Great, encouraging article!

  2. Liam Rubel

    February 5, 2013 at 6:42 am

    Time to bounce back and win over the extra kilos that are bothering our fit and healthy body. Try to figure out what is the goal how much weight you want to lose(try always to keep small targets) it helps in achieving easily and encouraging to set another goal.Plan a diet with a food log along proper workout plan.