Are you like me, that you eat really healthy for maybe a month or two, but then lose motivation for a while, only to pick it back up again for a month (and so on)? Cry no more! I have been going strong with the healthy-game for almost the entire year, and I'm not planning on stopping! How? you may wonder; just take a look at these tips!
1. Find what you like and don't like.
Might sound like an obvious one, but many people believe that healthy food is boring and in general not very tasty. The trick is to try out as many different foods as possible and see what you like and don't like. I, for instance, am not the biggest fan of beans, but I love chickpeas. The same goes for exercise. If you don't like running, try spinning, or core, or yoga. There IS something for you out there, you just have to find it!
2. Find your reason WHY!
Why do you want to life a healthy lifestyle? If it is going to work out, you will probably need some form of motivation. I personally so not really like having weight goals, because my weight is not the number one reason I eat healthily. I do it for my skin, my muscles, and just generally how it makes me feel. In order to stay motivated, figure out your own reason to why you what to stay healthy.
This goes hand in hand with the previous point. Stop for a second and ask yourself; how does this make me feel? Track your progress by writing down how you fell every day! Are your skin clearing up? Do you feel like you are treating your body in the right way? Because there will be signs that you're doing it right!
4. Don't get discouraged if you mess up!
You missed a day (or a week) of exercise? You had an entire box of Ben&Jerry's last Friday? That's okay! We are not perfect and having a healthy lifestyle is not about perfection.
5. When all else fails; go to social media!
Sometimes you just don't feel like it any more. And thats okay! But then what I usually do is to go on pinterest, or some of my favorite blogs, and see if I can find some inspiring recipes. Or some new exciting form of exercise. I look for something quick and easy, but still on the healthier side. There are also just loads of inspiration boards to keep your motivation on top!
6. Reward yourself!
This is sososo important! When you have done a great job, then treat yourself to something you've wanted for a while! I'm not talking unhealthy food (at least not every time), but maybe that night out with sushi and a cocktail? Or that dress that you don't really need. Give yourself a pat on the back and show yourself that this is all WORTH IT!