Getting Back On the Healthy Bandwagon

So you’ve fallen off the bandwagon. Or maybe you’re hanging off the sides, grabbing for dear life to stay on the bandwagon, but it’s proving to be quite the challenge.

Don’t sweat it. But do get to the gym – among other things.

Stop, Drop, and Think. That’s right put down that donut/pizza/cookie-from-the-office-kitchen and think about what you’re doing. The first step to getting back on the Healthy Bandwagon is actually taking the time to stop and consider what you’re putting in that pie hole of yours.

Set Yourself Up for Sweaty Success. Rather than telling yourself “I will work out every day this week!!” take smaller steps and say “I will commit to at least three, 30 minute  gym sessions this week.” That way, if you make it three times, you succeed (!), and you’ll remember that yes, in fact, you can fit fitness into your busy schedule. (And if you make it more than three times, you’re an overachiever! ;) )

Do Your Research. Working out doesn’t have to equal running endlessly or doing bicep curls until your arms bleed. So many healthy living blogs offer workouts that are challenging and fun, and it takes care of the “I’ll just wing it when I get to the gym” syndrome.

Zip Yo’ Lips.  Did you know that for most people, simply telling another person about fitness/weight loss goals leads to feeling just as fulfilled as actually accomplishing them?  Start first, share later.

Falling off the Healthy Bandwagon is easy to do, and I’ll be the first one to tell you that getting back on it can be tough – but get over the toughness. It’s all within your power to better yourself each and every day. So get it to it! :)

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22 Responses to Getting Back On the Healthy Bandwagon

  1. Okay super random but for some reason I kept reading your first line as stop, lock and drop it. Then I got wicked excited because I thought of pop lock and drop it (um wow that song takes me back to early high school) and then realized that isn’t even what it said. HA. I don’t where my mind is today.

    I find when I’ve fallen off the wagon that telling people I’m getting back on is what really brings me there as well! :)

  2. nicole says:

    great tips! I especially like the tip start small with planning to workout 3x a week that way you’ll feel successful when you do it!

  3. Great tips – I’m a big believer in telling others your goals! It keeps me accountable!

  4. the zip your lips one is interesting! for a lot of people telling someone helps them stay accountable but i can see how it might have the opposite effect for some people.

    • Colleen says:

      That’s true! For some (usually the most motivated) it DOES help to have people hold you accountable. I just happened to read a study about how many people get the same amount of “feel good” and successful vibes from just saying it. I guess it’s just important to know yourself and what works for you! :)

  5. Yes, I completely agree with the second one. When I get out of my exercise routine, I always try to ease back into it, otherwise, I get completely demotivated after one work out. Or sometimes just eating one healthy meal will remind me of how much I actually like healthy food … Great tips!

  6. Great tips! I think the “setting up for success” tip is the most important, and the one that will keep you from getting overwhelmed. 30 minutes 3x a week can make a huge difference – more than most people think!

  7. LOVE the plate in the BBQ sammy pic! HA! I have the same ones – COSTCO WHAT WHAT! Great tips :)

  8. Danielle says:

    Great tips!! The most important thing to do is to not get discouraged, and your points above are dead on for getting back on the wagon!

  9. Such a great post! I can totally relate because it is so easy to fall off the wagon and takes so much more effort to get on. Thanks for sharing!

  10. Great post! I think this might just convince me to get up off my butt (and off these blogs, lol) and squeeze a workout in!

  11. I’ve been kinda sorta on the bandwagon lately. I’ve been cooking at home, cutting out alcohol, and eating tons of veggies. The problem? I’ve also been craving tons of sweets. It’s taking all my willpower to not walk over to the office candy jar right now. Seriously. All of it.

  12. MCM Mama says:

    Great tips! I’ve got the exercise thing down, but I’m really sucking with my food choices lately…

  13. Love this post!! And I love how you call it a pie hole hehe :D . After winter break I definitely needed to cool it on the wine. Thank you for linking up to one of my workouts!

  14. yes, yes, and yes! loved this post! even if you’re the best eater in the world, it’s easy to fall of the healthy living bandwagon from time to time. it happens, but you just gotta step it up and get back on. ;)

  15. great tips Colleen! I definitely needed to hear this because my week has been so crazy and I’ve been feeling hard on myself for not going to the gym as much as I should..so setting up smaller goals for myself will make myself feel better and more accomplished!

  16. This week has been rough… I took a break from the gym all week… bleh.. I am hoping to get back on the healthy bandwagon tomorrow morning with a long run :)

  17. Grace says:

    Thanks for the little motivation! Love the wine photo…too funny!

  18. Emily B. says:

    Loved the plan ahead of time tip- otherwise you just feel aimless in the gym and don’t accomplish much.

    That BBQ sandwich is dreamy…

  19. Brandi says:

    Love this post! Some of the workouts that I am trying now have come from other healthy living blogs and I love them!

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