3 Ways to Stay πŸ‘Œ on Your Weight Loss βš–οΈ Plan through the Holidays πŸ¦ƒπŸŽ„ ...


It's crazy to think that we are in the 2 months left in 2017! How many of us included getting in shape or losing weight as a New Year's resolution? If you're here, it's probably because you are looking for ways to stay on your weight loss plan through the holidays.

Think back to the beginning of January. Most people are super excited to reach their fitness goals and lose weight. You go to the grocery store, and the produce section is nearly empty. You hit the gym, and you have to wait 20 minutes to use a treadmill because there are so many people working out.

Suddenly, near the end of January or early February, there's a subtle shift. When you hit the grocery store, the shelves of fresh fruits and vegetables are fully stocked. You hit the gym for a quick jog and you have tons of open treadmills to choose from. Why do so many people seem to give up on their health and fitness resolutions before the month of January is even over?

It comes down to one simple concept - motivation. The golden question: why is it so hard to stay motivated to hit the gym, eat healthy, and not revert to a food free-for-all? What are the best ways to stay on your weight loss plan through the holidays?

First, let’s talk about motivation. We hear that word tossed around all the time, but what exactly IS motivation, and why is it important?

Motivation is defined as the process that initiates, guides, and maintains goal-oriented behaviors. Motivation is important because it keeps us moving towards our goals. It’s the thing that causes us to take action, whether it’s grabbing a glass of water when we’re thirsty, or hitting the gym when we want to become healthier.

So HOW do we stay motivated?! Check out these 3 tips to help you stay motivated to reach your goals:

1. Be Organized and Plan Ahead!

I can't stress the importance of this one enough! Why do you think fast food restaurants are so successful? Or, if we take it back to the grocery store, why are Lean Cuisines selling off the shelves like hotcakes? One of the best ways to stay on your weight loss plan through the holidays is to plan, plan, plan.

Think about it, both fast food meals and lean Cuisines are super convenient and easy to eat. Honestly, the hardest part of the fast food meal is taking it out of the bag (or maybe opening up 1 million ketchup packets if you're like me and love ketchup!). Let’s get real - the hardest part of cooking a Lean Cuisine is putting it in the microwave.

Many times, people think that in order to be healthy, you have to spend hours and hours planning and preparing your meals. Heck, if this were the truth, I would be running to fast food places and Lean Cuisines for every meal too! If you take some time to plan, prepare, and schedule a little bit of time for food prep and grocery shopping, you can eat a much healthier variety of whole, nutritious foods without spending much more time than it would take for your Lean Cuisine to cook in the microwave.

Throw a few chicken breasts and raw vegetables in the slow cooker before you head to work with a little bit of chicken broth and seasoning and BOOM, dinner is done as soon as you get home from work!

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