Tips for getting your health back on track
Just ask a WW Coach, a Lifetime Member or anyone who has followed the Plan for a few months what makes people successful, and they’ll tell you it’s not about perfection, it’s about sticking with it. No matter what. Slip-ups happen and that’s okay– it’s what you do after that matters. Don’t let your next minor slip make all your great work unravel. Here are our tips for getting back on track.
1. Start straight away
If you do have a slip-up, it doesn't mean you've messed up the day, week or month. Put it behind you and get back on track starting with your next meal. Don't wait until the next day or Monday.
2. Get support
Finding structure and encouragement quickly is key to getting back on track. Chat to a Coach at your meeting or open up Online Chat to get some great ideas.
3. Connect with others
Visit Connect on the WW app for support from other members. You can see the progress of other members and get advice and support. It's crucial to realise you're not alone and that plenty of others going through the same thing.
4. Work out gently
This is not the time to punish yourself at the gym. This is a perfect opportunity to go for a walk and ease back into exercise. Plan for a bit more exercise over the next couple of days and build up slowly.
Have you been neglecting to monitor your progress? Slacking with tracking? Missing weekly weigh-ins? Get back to it! Chose a new recipe to try each day and have fun cooking and enjoying food.
6. Affirm your affirmations
Remind yourself of your goals with affirmations. Take responsibility for the slip-up and take responsibility for getting back on track. Look at the long term and decide where you want to be one month from now and don't let anything stand in your way.
7. Don’t try to overcompensate
The worst thing you can do is try to make up for a slip-up in one hit. Think skipping breakfast if you had too much pizza the night before or only eating a fraction of your daily food budget – you’re only going to end up feeling guilty and deprived.
8. Forgive yourself
Learning how to forgive yourself and accept these lapses is a valuable part of the journey, and crucial to long-term success. The quote “There’s no such thing as failure, only feedback,” reminds us that disguised in every setback is a learning opportunity from which we can gain valuable insight.
9. Do something positive
Whether it's dancing around your living room to music you love, reading a few chapters of your book or laughing with a friend, do something that makes you feel good! By getting into a positive mindset, you'll be ready to get back on track.
10. Just keep swimming
Well, not really swimming, but anyone who’s seen Finding Nemo will know what we mean! It’s about keeping moving forward no matter what happens. It’s about consistency, or what happens most of the time, that matters.