Reaching a goal is invigorating and exciting, but the burning question is how do I maintain it? In my book, Second Chance at Health-Learn to Love Active Living and Clean Eating, I not only show you how to reach your goal, I also show you how to maintain it.
If you have reached your goal, whether it was a weight goal, medication reduction goal, improved blood sugar goal, or fitness level goal and you are done, Congratulations! BUT NOW WHAT!?
The answer is as simple and as difficult as the moment by moment decisions that helped you to attain your goal!
You will need to be accountable for the rest of your life. If you let up, the old habits may return . Accountability and planning will ensure that you do not fall back into your old habits.
Here are some strategies that I have seen work for myself and for my clients.
In keeping with my Ebook theme, the BEST activities to maintain your goal are the ones the you will DO! It is paramount that you find the activities that will keep you focused.
If you had a weight loss goal, then weighing yourself DAILY is the way to keep your weight where you want it. There are differing thoughts on this, the ones who say that you should not obsess over the scale and the ones, like me, who say that is the ONLY way. It is easier to manage a 1-2 pound weight fluctuation than a 5-10 pound fluctuation if you weigh every 2 weeks or less often!
Log your Food
Food log journaling is another important habit to maintain. Hopefully you used a food log to manage your calorie intake or macro’s and this accountability tool should be maintained! For me, when I know I must add the food I am less apt to eat mindlessly!
Planning your meals will still be an important part of your week. Continue to monitor serving size if this was a part of your initial plan, For example, if you know that you have a big dinner planned, then you will be able to adjust the day of and the day after so that you are able to maintain good control of your calories.
I love living this way because I find when I feel deprived, I obsess and then overindulge and then feel like giving up! Like I used to tell my kids, “You are the boss of you!”, so plan, plan, and plan some more and stick to you plan.
Monitoring your labs is also a good way to stay on track. The frequency will depend on how often your primary care provider would like it, how often your insurance will pay for it, or as often as you want! You can monitor your lab without a doctors order at my Ulta Lab NurseChrisP site. This might be useful for you to keep up with between the visits to see your primary care provider.
Stay Active! I hope you’ve found the activities that you love and that they have become a part of your day that you look forward to!
Vigilance is going to be a skill that will be honed for the rest of your life. Identifying your weaknesses and acknowledging them is essential to maintaining your goal.
I live by few mottos and one of them is “This is your only life!” and if you find that what you are doing is resulting in stress and anxiety, don’t do it! The key is balance. Be present, moment by moment, stay focused on what is important to you and make choices that reflect your priorities!
So congratulation on achieving your goal! I am thrilled that you are experiencing your second chance at health, and have learned to love active living and clean eating!
In my Ebook, you will find other helpful monitoring tools and advice on how to sustain theese amazing results!
In my ebook, Second Chance at Health-Learn to Love Active Living and Clean Eating, I can help guide you to the eating plans, and movement plans that will benefit you.
Please go to my website fitnessafter40withnursechrisp.com/book/ to order my book now!
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