6 HACKS TO STOP YOU QUITTING

Author: Adam Macdougall   Date Posted:15 April 2019 

You know how it goes; you're committed to your new health kick and feeling great, but then life happens and you slip-up.

If you do have a blowout and fall off the wagon, don’t throw in the towel just yet.

Bounce back from the slip-ups, with these 6 hacks to keep you on track.

When healthy becomes habit, it becomes easy. If you make healthy choices a priority, you'll be more likely to stick to them. You can plan ahead for your week by preparing meals and snacks, setting aside time to go for a walk or exercise, or putting reminders in your phone.

 

If you have one 'off day' and slip-up, you won't undo all the progress you've made. It's the little things you do consistently that make the biggest difference. 

Don't lose perspective of what you're doing and the positive effect it will have on your life. Find ways to make healthy choices, no matter how small.

 

We usually get told to focus on our weaknesses and work on them but I think that’s back to front. With a lot of great athletes, it was their strength that made them great in the first place. That’s what we should all work on – what we’re good at and what we enjoy. 

If you love cooking, try some new healthy ideas and recipes. If you love a sport, get out and play it with your kids or some mates.

Shift your focus from what you think you can’t do, to what you know you can do. If you do things you enjoy and are good at, you will see real, long-lasting results.

 

If you have a flat tyre, you don't just slash the other three. You fix the tyre and continue on your way. And if that’s what you do with your car, why on earth would it be any different when it comes to your most important asset – your body?

Just because you can't commit 100%, it doesn’t mean you should chuck in the towel. 

Good habits are built gradually. Start slow, live your life and get better along the way. Think progress, not perfection.

 

Motivation is fickle. Some days you have it, other days you don’t. It’s best you prepare for those times when your motivation is low by getting the crappy food out of your house. If it’s not there, you won’t eat it. The way I think of it is, if you were an alcoholic trying to beat the habit, you wouldn't have booze scattered all around the house. The same goes for lollies and soft drink. 

 

Remember why you started, and use this as motivation for when things get tough. 

Getting a gut is easy. Losing it can be hard. If you have an off day or have a few too many beers, don’t give up. It doesn’t matter if you have slip-ups – as long as you keep going you will reach your goals.

Slip-ups happen. It’s how you deal with them and bounce back that matters.