It can be super frustrating when you find yourself off track and away from all the things that make you feel good. You have to work at feeling good, and it doesn’t take long after you’ve dropped your good habits, to feel bad, quite quickly. Clothes get tight, you feel sluggish and tired, everything starts to go in the wrong direction.

But you know what’s really good about having routine and structure? That when things start to fall apart, you know about it. When you don’t have a plan, how do you know when you’re off track? How do you know what’s working and what isn’t? Plans keep you grounded. I find there’s a fine line between good health and bad health. You need to work at it every day.

You workout, you eat well during the week, you’ll be rewarded with feeling good, fitting well in your clothes, tons of energy and strong muscles and bones. You’ll grow older, better.

When you fall out of the routine that helps you feel good, here are 5 tips to get you back on track:

  1. Remember why you do your healthy routine. How do you feel when you’re constantly eating crap or drinking alcohol? Why do you like steering clear of it during the week? Why do you workout? Why do you eat well? Your ‘why’ has to drive you. You have to know why and it has to be a strong enough why. Losing weight isn’t motivating. Losing weight because you don’t want to die from a heart attack or because you want to do everything you can to be healthy in older age, is very motivating. Re-affirm your why and then get the trainers on.
  2. Throw out all bad food and alcohol from the house to help you in that first week. When you’re going through stuff, it can be hard to stay away from alcohol, junk food and other things you get a temporary ‘high’ from. These guys are the enemy and should be treated like so. Keep them out of house until you trust yourself to be around them. Two treat nights at the weekend is perfect. When you’re tired and emotional, you shouldn’t need to test your willpower. Be kind to yourself, keep the house free of that stuff so the choice is not there.
  3. Make a workout plan and a food plan. When can you workout? What days and times. What’s the menu like for the week? Do you have healthy snacks? Plan and prepare.
  4.  Journal every day what’s going well for you and what you need to focus on. Keep where you want to be in the forefront of your mind.
  5. Make sure you have supportive people around you. People can, by accident even, try and tear you down, sometimes to help themselves feel better about where they’re at. Have someone in your corner wishing you well, spurring you on and being a cheerleader for you. You deserve to be happy, you deserve kindness, keep it up and keep going even when it gets tough. X

I hope this helps you!

You can download recipes, my 7 day workout series and my 30 day Fast-Track to #FEELGOOD Program in the free tools section of my website here

To your success,

Jessica Cooke X

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