“Getting Back on Track” by Jacky Bigger, MS

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Getting Back on Track

by Mash Mafia’s own Coach Jacky Bigger, MS

We all get off track every once in a while, because well, no one is perfect. Maybe you were on a week-long vacation. Maybe you had a piece of delicious cake, one thing led to another and before you knew it, it’s a month later and you’ve been eating too many sweets every day sense. Maybe you gained some unplanned weight, got discouraged and completely fell off the wagon. Or maybe you just simply needed a break. No matter what your reasoning for getting off track is, don’t stress about it. It happens. To everyone. Which is why I am writing this article with the best ways to get back on track with your nutrition.

1. Accountability

If you’re a high-level athlete, have some big weight loss goals or are simply just trying to live a long healthy life, the number one thing you need to do to get back on track is get some accountability. Get a coach, find a friend who has similar goals as you, keep each other accountable. Get your spouse and kids on board. Tell the world of the internet that you’re getting back on track and that you’re going to post progress photos every month to make sure you’re sticking to your word. Find which method works best for you, but get some accountability.

I myself am a macros coach and I definitely always reach out for help when trying to get back on track. I’m not saying that I can’t do it by myself, but a bit of accountability goes a long way. Not to mention, sometimes when you’re dealing with yourself you may get a skewed perspective of things. You begin to do things that you would NEVER EVER tell one of your clients to do. An outside point of view helps.

2. Plan
Set aside a day or a big chunk of time to go grocery shopping and plan/prep some meals. During this time, you’ll also want to get rid of any tempting junk food that you have left in the house from when you weren’t exactly being diligent about your nutrition. Like the saying going; Fail to plan, plan to fail. Planning your meals or at least making sure that your refrigerator is filled with healthy foods, fruits and veggies will make it much easier to get back on track. I find that it helps big time to cut up all your veggies right when you get home. That way when you’re munching for a snack, you’ll be more likely to just grab the carrots and hummus if they’ve already been prepared.

3. Change your Mind set

It’s important to have a good reason why you doing what you’re doing. Why are you avoiding sugar at all cost? Why are you counting macros and tracking every single thing you eat? Are you doing it just to lose weight and look better? If so, I encourage you to come up with a better reason. Find a reason that’s greater than yourself. Find some real encouragement, if you’re doing it for a reason greater than yourself you’ll be more likely to want to stay on track. Do you want to inspire people? Do you want to live a long healthy life so you can one day play with your grandchildren and avoid hospital bills when you’re older? Do you want to learn more about nutrition so you can teach your kids and teach others? Find your why write it down, and look at it every day, multiple times a day.

Do these three things and I can almost guarantee that before you know it you’ll be right back on track with your nutrition; feeling happy, healthy and motivated again.

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