Long time, no see! The past few months have been hectic to say the least. This past summer, I actually ended up gaining between 10 and 15 pounds, which I know might not seem like a lot to many people, but when you have held a very consistent weight all of your adult life, 10 or 15 pounds is kind of a lot. But I went traveling this summer. I went to magnificent Sicily, and basically ate my weight in pasta. I went to the UK and Ireland, and had cream teas pretty much every single day, as well as English and Scottish breakfasts. But I knew going into this summer that weight gain was gonna happen, and I was okay with that. I don’t regret this summer whatsoever. Over the past couple months, I fell off track. It happens to the best of us! And now that we are getting ready to go into a brand new year, I’m ready to get back on track again, and I know that I can’t be the only one who’s in this exact same position. In this video, we’re gonna be talking about getting back on track again: how you can accomplish your own personal health and fitness goals this year, and how maybe we can create a little community and encourage each other to continue working toward our goals. Without further ado, let’s just get started. First, remove the demotivating things from your life. Ask yourself this: is there something in your life that just isn’t helping you achieve your goals? In fact, is there anything actively working AGAINST you and your goals? If so, do you really need those things in your life? If you know for a fact that their presence won’t help you on this journey, get rid of them. One of my biggest weaknesses in life is anything sweet. Anything from cookies, to cake… For me, I excel so much better and faster at my goals if I just don’t bring those things into the house. But getting rid of the demotivating things in your life doesn’t just have to do with food… this also goes for people as well. If you have people around you who always condescendingly question your choices, or who make you feel lesser for working towards goals that you know will benefit your health, happiness, and future… are they really beneficial people to keep around you? Especially in this journey that you’re going through? Sometimes they’re just not, and limiting contact with these people can often set us up for greater achievements later in life. Once you’ve removed the demotivating things from your life, schedule your life for your new goals. By this, I mean literally write things down. Or, alternatively, harness technology to your advantage by using your Notes app on your phone, or other apps to help keep track of yourself and your goals. Write your workouts down. You can do this by hand and carry a notebook with you, but I personally like to use my phone for this. There are a thousand apps out there that can help you keep track of your workouts, which is monumentally helpful when it comes to knowing if you’re progressing or not, and how quickly. I use an app called Strong which is a no-nonsense weight tracking app that makes it easy for you to keep track of your workouts, how heavy you’re lifting, what your records are, and how long your workouts are. It makes keeping track of my progress super easy, which is especially motivating when I’ve broken a personal record. And if you haven’t done this already, try scheduling your screen time as well, just for better mental clarity and peace. Many phones these days come with a blue light filter built-in, which helps our mind calm and quiet down at the end of the day. If your phone doesn’t come with this function built-in, there are apps that do this as well. I set mine to automatically filter blue light at 9 p.m. and when it comes on, I stop whatever I’m doing on my phone and switch to my Kindle app (which also has night mode turned on). There is nothing in this world that helps me fall asleep faster than reading a book for a few minutes. And when I do this, I find that I sleep so much more soundly than I otherwise would when I stay up super late being distracted by technology. Writing down your grocery lists is also an amazing tool for getting back on track. When I have a list on hand, I have a lot harder time buying unnecessary things at the grocery store. Usually how this goes for me is I will find a recipe that I want to make, I’ll look through my pantry and my fridge and figure out what ingredients I don’t have to make that recipe, and those things get added to the grocery list. Then, when I go to the grocery store with this list in hand and the mindset that I’m only gonna buy the things on the list, I find that I kind of don’t even want the extra things that I know are enticing me at the grocery store. Having a list like this is kind of like putting blinders on, which is super helpful when you’re getting back on track. And this step might seem kind of silly, but one of the biggest tips I have for getting back on track is to… just do it. Make like a Nike commercial, and just do it. If starting a new workout routine is a part of getting back on track for you, I find it really helpful to lay out my workout clothes the night before, so that way I don’t even have time to talk myself out of it in the morning. I immediately roll out of bed and just get dressed. My workout clothes are the closest thing available, and nine times out of ten, I’ll get dressed in my workout clothes. Another big piece of this puzzle is not pressing snooze on your alarm clock if you prefer to exercise in the morning. Which, admittedly is a lot easier said than done. A lot of this comes down to sheer willpower and practice if you use typical alarm clocks or alarms on your phone. If this is what you use, I also highly recommend waking up with intention. This means having a goal in mind first thing in the morning, and going to bed the night before knowing that you’re gonna try to accomplish that goal the following day. It seems kind of silly, but just having that at the forefront of your mind is huge when it comes to waking up effectively. I use an app called Sleep Cycle that makes waking up a lot easier. It’s designed to be placed on your bed and “feel” your movements in the bed, which helps determine whether or not you’re in a light phase of sleep or a deep phase of sleep. But the beauty of it is that it’s designed to wake you up in about a 30 minute window when you’re in your lightest phase of sleep. This makes waking up so much easier, and I always find that I’m a lot less groggy than I was when I used to wake up with standard alarm clocks. This combined with waking up with intention is amazing for actually getting you out of bed early and in a positive mood. And if you prefer a morning workout as well, instead of waking up slowly with your cup of coffee in the morning, like I mentioned earlier, lay out your workout clothes, get dressed first thing in the morning, and take your coffee or your pre-workout with you on the way to the gym. Getting out of the house as soon as you can after waking up, I find, makes it a lot easier to get back on track and just get it done. I know mornings aren’t possible for a lot of people, but if you’re at all able to, even if it means waking up super duper early, maybe consider giving it a try. You might be surprised at how much more productive you feel throughout the day by getting it done first thing in the morning. Finally, if you’re ready to get back on track again, keep your eyes on the prize. When you start working out again after taking a break, or when you start eating healthfully again after a period of not so healthy eating, the first week or two is the absolute hardest. Your body aches all over, and your cravings might seem completely unbearable. It’s easy to wonder if this pain can be worth it, but I promise, it can and it will be worth it as long as you keep your eyes on the prize. Visualize your goals and keep them at the forefront of your mind. Force yourself to take progress pictures even if you feel like it’s worthless. Write your goals down, and just keep doing it. These little reminders and tips can truly help get you back on track, but it’s important to remember that they won’t do anything unless you put in the work yourself. As long as you keep your eyes on the prize, you’ll be so glad you decided to get back on track. It’s worth it. Your future self will thank you! [Music] So that about wraps it up for this video! But before I go completely, let me know in the comments down below… what has been the biggest motivation for you when you start getting back on your healthy track again? What are the things that you found made getting back on track a lot easier? Your comments might really help somebody out who is just having a really hard time getting back on track again. So definitely leave your encouragement and words of advice in the comments down below. I hope you guys enjoyed this video. If you did, make sure you give it a big thumbs up, and subscribe if you haven’t already, and I will see you next time! Bye!