If you’ve been reading my posts for any length of time, you’ll know that I’m a huge proponent of the 80/20 rule of eating.  That simply means that I strive to eat at least 80% clean all the time.  That allows room for those times when I don’t want to pass something up – like that piece of birthday cake or a less-than-healthy meal when out with friends.

But sometimes that percentage gets a little bit off.  That 80 becomes 70, then slides to 60 and then somehow you’ve gotten completely off track.  Sound familiar?  I know it’s happened to me and I’ve found myself eating poorly, feeling sluggish and gaining weight – definitely not where I want to be.

The good news is that falling off track doesn’t mean you have to start completely over.  Just like you gradually fell off track, you can gradually get back ON it too!

These tips include several small changes you can make to get your healthy lifestyle restarted.  You can start with one or several of them, depending on what you need.

How to Restart a Healthy Lifestyle

  • Eat a healthy breakfast.  Starting your day off with a healthy meal makes it easier to continue the momentum throughout the day.  It will start you off feeling great in the morning and increase the chances that you will make another healthy choice at lunch.
  • Pack your lunch and snacks.  Most meals from restaurants contain far too many calories and portion sizes are larger than they need to be.  Rather than ordering lunch, pack your own healthy lunch and snacks.  You’ll also save money this way!
  • Drink plenty of water.  Water flushes your system and refreshes the body.  Drinking 8 glasses a day helps many of the body functions and it’s a calorie-free option too!  If you struggle to drink enough water, try these 7 tips to stay hydrated.
  • Track your food.  I know food tracking can be a huge pain, but it’s a great way to get you back on track.  Logging everything you eat makes you more conscious of what goes into your mouth.
  • Do a short workout or activity.  Even 5 or 10 minutes of activity will help and can make a difference.  Devoting a few dedicated minutes a day to movement can get you back in the habit again.
  • Try to get more steps in.  Take the stairs instead of the elevator or park further away.  Even a few more steps each day can really add up.  For more tips to get more steps, read this article.
  • Find a buddy.  Accountability and support is a great way to help each other succeed.  Find a friend with similar goals and check in periodically.
  • Revisit how you became successful the first time.  Repeat what you initially did to get to your healthy lifestyle.  If you found success with it before, it is likely to work for you again.
  • Stay positive.  You can do this!  Keep a positive mindset and keep going.
  • Plan and prepare.  Have a meal plan for the week and prepare your food ahead of time.  This will help you avoid the temptation of grabbing something unhealthy.

Have you ever found it necessary to get back on track with your diet and exercise?  What worked for you?  Tell me in the comments below!

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