Providing you with my top tips to help you refocus, learn from your mistakes and get you back on track just in time for summer! 
So, it’s been just over 15 weeks since Christmas! How many of you are still on track with your New Year’s resolutions? The statistics show some 25% of people will have abandon their New Year’s Resolution before the first week of January is out, and further 60% abandon ship within 6 months. That means that 3 months in, around 45-50% of well intentioned people will have gone off track. 
 
It’s important to start off addressing one important issue, it’s not your fault that you have gone off track. More than likely, life started to slowly creep up on you and before you knew it everything had got on top of you – and your fitness goals were put on the back burner. I liken it to a boxer, if they let their guard down for a split second and give their opponent (life) a chance to get a jab in, then before they know it their opponent will have got a further 4,6,7 blows in and may have even knocked them out. As with this scenario, there is nothing you can do once life has caught you off guard and gets on top of you, but you can learn from your mistakes and make sure you don’t let that guard slip again! 
 
Here are my top 5 tips to help you get back on track and avoiding life delivering you that knockout blow: 
1) If you fall off the horse, you have to jump back into the saddle. All too often people go off track and catch themselves doing so. But rather than doing what they know they should– accept it and get back on track – they let the little devil on their shoulder get the better of them. Before you know it that 1 bad meal has become a bad day, a bad week and a bad month. Chances are this is how you came off track from your new year’s resolution in the first place. 
It’s like going on a train and then accidentally getting off at the wrong station. But, once you have realized you are at the wrong station, would you decide to walk around totally lost? Or would you get back on the next available train to take you to your destination? 
 
2) There is no better time to start than now. Following on from Point 1, if you have had a bad few days, weeks or months it’s critical that you don’t use the old ‘ I’ll start back again on Monday’ and then go and have one final blow out weekend. That’s like telling yourself you are going to start saving for a new car but before you do you are going to spend every last penny you have saved. 
That one final binge meal or binge weekend will result in you massively over consuming junk food, most likely in far greater quantities that you are used to. This will cause absolute havoc on your body – putting huge strain on your digestive system, throwing your hormones total out of balance and leaving you feeling absolutely awful, both mentally and physically. Just don’t do it to yourself, it’s not worth it. Start the very next day or, even better, that same day, there is no time like the present! 
 
3) You need to refocus on a goal and not a ‘date’. You need to remember your original goal, way back from Christmas. If you were to pick a goal right now it would be totally superficial, e.g. look good in my swim suit, or have a 6 pack for my holiday. But these represent temporary goals, which may drive you to your desired date, but once you arrive there, you have nothing holding you there and driving you to maintain all you have worked so hard for. 
Setting your goal around not wanting to feel uncomfortable in your clothes all year around or wanting to feel great every morning are far more likely to motivate and drive you. Because, let’s face it, when the going gets tough, is looking good on a beach really going to make you dig deep? Think about how you feel now, do you feel comfortable and happy with how you look and how you physically and mentally feel? Would making your clothes fit perfectly rather than squeezing into them and having a ‘snug’ fit motivate you more? Attaching feeling and emotion to your goal will help you go further! 
 
4) Find someone to be accountable to. This is a big one. Many of my online and in house clients tell me how being accountable to me really helps them stay on track. Many of them say ‘if I wasn’t with you, I would have still been going off track’. Working with me means that if they mess up they come clean, we address what went wrong, how to avoid it happening in the future and then I give them a pep talk and back on their journey they go. 
You don’t have to work with a trainer, even just making your family or partner hold you accountable for your actions and give you the gentle guidance will go a long way. (More information about my online training can be found here) 
 
5) When the going gets tough the tough get going. When life does try to land a few tough right hooks, remember when you started from! This is critical, as once you look back and see how much progress you have made, do you really want to undo it? Getting so far and giving upon your goal because of a setback is like slashing your other 3 tires because you got a flat. 
Just like in the end of round breaks in boxing, you need to set aside some time to re compose yourself, re assess your goals, look at how far you have come and come back into the ring swinging. 
 
How many of you have done something different this year that’s helped you stay on track with your goals? I,d love to hear your thoughts on the Facebook page. 
 
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