Keep That Stubborn Fat Away
Have you worked hard for months in the gym? You’ve been eating healthy and keeping up with your workout routine and now you’re seeing the results you’ve been patiently waiting for. Hooray!! Reaching your fitness goal is a huge accomplishment, and it’s such a great feeling, isn’t it? Your next goal should be to maintain it. Many of us find that maintaining our weight loss is difficult, but the truth is, it really doesn’t have to be! Here are some tips that continue to help me stay on track!
Meal planning has helped me stay on track with my eating habits. I always plan out meals for the family on a Thursday or Friday along with a grocery list. On Sunday, I prep all meals for the week. Yes, this is very time consuming. On average, it will take about 3-4 hours for me to finish them. But it’s completely worth it. I’m a mother of two children (2 year old son and 4 month old daughter), and I am constantly busy taking care of them, working and making sure I get my workouts in every day. It’s very easy to choose bad foods when you are constantly on the go, which is why I love knowing that my food is already prepared in the refrigerator. It makes my life much easier.
If your schedule isn’t as busy as mine, making meals for the entire week isn’t all that necessary. You can do it on a day to day basis. Plan your breakfast, lunch and dinner the day before.
Try either suggestions for a week, and you will notice how much better you feel physically and mentally!
Keep Track of Your Progress
If you’ve been tracking your progress throughout your fitness journey, good for you! Continue doing it even after you’ve reached your goal. It’s a good idea to keep an eye on your weight, measurements, etc. before it has a chance to creep up again! If you missed my blog on different ways you can track your fitness progress, you can check it out here: https://www.9round.com/blog/how-to-successfully-track-your-fitness-progress
Keep Up The Good Work - Mentally
It’s easy to start feeling like you’re starting to lose everything you worked so hard for. Try to remember it’s a process, and it’s about finding the right balance. Have an active mind and an active lifestyle. Don’t be too hard on yourself if your scale says you’ve gained one or two pounds. Think about what you can be doing differently. Did you eat more fast food during the week? Did you skip the gym two extra days? Get back into the groove of things, and you will find yourself back on track.
You don’t have to go hard at the gym every single time, but you do have to show up. Create a workout plan for yourself. I set a goal to get my 30 minute workout in at least 3 days a week. It’s not difficult even with my hectic schedule. On days you aren’t going to the gym, try to add physical activity into your daily routine. For example - Going to the store? Park further away from the entrance, so you can get in a short walk. Going up? Avoid using the elevator and take the stairs. It will help work those glutes and hamstrings! You may not think it, but these little things will help you in maintaining your weight loss.
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