Last week I re-launched my annual 7-day diet and exercise regimen: my 2016 Jump Start January Plan. The goal behind it is to help you create healthy eating and exercise routines within a 7-day span that will eventually build into lifelong habits. Now that you’ve been following along for a week, it’s time to check in on your progress! I’m already feeling refreshed and more energetic—something that makes it easier for me to keep up with healthier nutrition and lifestyle choices.
If you’ve already seen positive changes, let’s keep going! Instead of indulging in a cheat day once a week, why not push yourself to see how far you can go before giving in. If you need some motivation to keep it up, here are some tips that I’ve personally found helpful along the way…
- First and foremost, make sure you’re drinking enough water. This is the best and most important way to treat your body well!
- Get more beauty sleep. Along with eating right and exercising regularly, logging in those z’s will have you feeling in tip top shape.
- Help boost your metabolism. Try incorporating these 5 metabolism boosting spices into your diet or fit this metabolism boosting workout into your routine.
- Kick refined sugar to the curb. It’s difficult to maintain a healthier lifestyle if you’re constantly tempted by sugary treats. Try quitting cold turkey or follow my tips on curbing your sweet tooth.
- If you’re stuck in the office from 9 to 5, these stretching tips can do wonders when you’re sitting at your desk.
- Don’t forget to reward yourself! Making a big lifestyle change is no easy feat. Treat yourself to a mani/pedi with your best friend, schedule a much-needed massage, or splurge on some new workout gear. You deserve it for all of your hard work!
If you’re a visual person like me, keeping a detailed record of your progress can work wonders on your motivation. Below I’ve included a blank schedule ready for you to input your daily workouts and meals. Keeping a regular log of what you’re eating and how you’re exercising will help you not only to measure progress but also to stay accountable. You can take it to the next level by even starting your own fitness journal.
How’s it going so far? Will you be keeping track of your meals and workouts?
I’d love to hear your progress in the comments!