I want some advice on getting back on track with diet and exercise. I was doing really well, but now I've slacked off ... a lot. Thanks.

Patty Bonsignore


Staying on track is hard, particularly when it comes to diet and exercise. It’s important to realize that everyone gets off track. Determining what caused your most recent slip will be the first step in getting you started again. A change in schedule, stress, fatigue, depression, boredom or setting goals that are too hard to reach are all common reasons why people get off track. It’s important for you to determine what caused you to get off track and think about how to change that. Try to figure out what has worked for you in the past. Set small goals to get started -- this way you won’t get overwhelmed. To manage stress, take time out each day for yourself, even if it’s just a few minutes. If time is an issue, prioritize what you have to do on a given day. What are optional activities? What activities are you adding to your schedule that you don’t absolutely have to get done? Make eating healthy and being physically active priorities. Joining a formal weight loss program for 3 to 6 months is one of the best ways to ensure success. Call your local YMCA and see if they have any programs that might help you. Remember, goals such as losing weight or exercising more are hard to maintain, so getting the ongoing support you need is essential to guarantee your long- term success.

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