5 Tips to Get Back on Track With Your Goals

5 Tips to Get Back on Track With Your Goals - Gymbags and Gladrags, a health and fitness blogGymshark womens fitness wear5 Tips to Get Back on Track With Your Goals - Gymbags and Gladrags, a health and fitness blogJanuary 1st has been and gone. We set goals and resolutions, adamant this was the year we’d achieve them. We bought new gym gear, we even meal prepped and turned down cake at the office. We were determined, motivated, nothing could stop us. Then life happened. Work ramped up, deadlines came hard and fast, money was tight, we got ill, our health and fitness shifted lower down on our list of priorities. Sound familiar?

January was a great month for me, I went spinning 3x a week, cleaned up my diet and I even started tracking my macros. I lost 7lbs in January, I was over the moon! Then Febuary came and I took my foot off the gas slightly. Before I knew it my foot was almost completely off the gas and I gained back 3lbs in Febuary. It’s now March and I’m ready to get back on track with my goals. These are the five tips I’m using to start afresh and get back on track today.

1. Reassess your goals and action plan

When filled with determination and motivation it’s easy to get carried away and set ourselves goals that are perhaps too too difficult or just not what we really want. Or maybe your goal was just fine, but the way you went about achieving it wasn’t? Trying to overhaul your eating habits and ramp up your workout routine all at once can be overwhelming and you’ll soon burn out. Take another look at your goals and action plan and think about how you can tweak them to make it more achievable. Be precise, set deadlines and write down what you need to do to get back on track and achieve your goal.

Related: How to Set SMART Goals

2. Plan your meals and workouts

If you intend to workout but don’t specify when you will, you won’t get round to it. Schedule your workouts in your calendar like appointments you can’t miss, or important meetings you can’t cancel. When I’ve fallen out of the routine of working out regularly I find it hard to motivate myself to get back on track. My trick is I’ll book myself onto a class where I’ll be penalised if I don’t go, that way I can’t make excuses not to go. Planning your meals is also a great way to get back on track as when you have healthy meal options you’ll be less likely to reach for the unhealthy food.

Related: How To Meal Plan for Beginners + Free Meal Planner

3. Preparation is key

If I’m not prepared, all of my best intentions go out the window and that’s what happened to me in February. In January I planned my meals and on a Sunday I would meal prep for the week ahead. I scheduled my workouts and kept track of them in my workout log to see where I was progressing. I got my gym gear ready the night before so that I didn’t have to worry about it in the morning. I’m not a morning person and often snooze my alarm until the very last minute, then I jump out of bed and have to run around like a madwoman trying to get ready on time. Simply packing my bag the night before saves me a lot of time and stress and means I can’t use not having my kit as an excuse not to workout.

Lately I’ve been trialling these leggings, racerback vest and hoodie from Gymshark* and I am impressed. The hoodie is a gorgeous colour and has saved me on chilly evenings, the vest wicks away sweat, keeping me dry and the leggings are super soft and stay put thanks to the waistband. I struggle to find bottoms that fit due to having chunky legs and a smaller waist, but the waistband on these Gymshark leggings grip my waist without giving me the dreaded muffin top.

4. Share your goals

Make yourself accountable by sharing your goals with a loved one, a friend or social media. Start a fitness or foodie Instagram account or start a blog and post your meals and workouts. I’ve started posting my food diaries on my Instagram (@GymbagsGladrags) which is helping me to keep my eating on track. If you do start a blog or foodie/fitness Instagram, comment down below with your link or insta handle and I’ll follow you! Putting your goals out there and knowing you have someone to hold you accountable will make you less likely to fail.

5. Just start

One of the biggest reasons we struggle to get back on track to achieve our goals is because we talk ourselves out of it. We’ll tell ourselves we can’t possibly workout until Monday, because our workout plan is a Monday to Friday split. We’ll say we can’t possibly meal prep until we’ve bought bee pollen, organic wheatgrass and kale of the Gods. Don’t put off starting any longer. I put off getting back on track at the start of February and before I knew it, the month was over and March has now begun. I’m not going to waste March like I did with February. I hope you won’t waste March either. Today is a great day to start. Even if you haven’t meal prepped or packed your gym gear this morning, just start making healthier choices right now. Choose a healthy option on your lunch break, take the stairs, get up from your desk and go for a walk, skip the sugar in your tea. All of these small steps add up to achieving your big goals. Start now.

Wearing: Gymshark Hooded Pullover / Gymshark Racerback Vest / Gymshark Running Leggings / Nike Free 4.0 Flyknit (now on Sale!) / FitnessGuru Workout Log

I hope you’ve found these tips useful. Let me know how you’ve been getting on with your goals so far. I hope your February was more successful than mine! What changes will you make this month to make sure you get back on track?

*This post is in collaboration with Gymshark, this outfit was gifted to me for review purposes. All opinions are my own and 100% honest – that is my promise to you.

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Hi, I'm Cantara! The blogger behind Gymbags & Gladrags, an online resource for those of us on a journey to be healthier, fitter and more confident. The blog is inspired by my own mission to improve my health, fitness and body. I view a healthy lifestyle as an ongoing process, and encourage a fun, balanced approach to life, rather than jumping on board every passing fad.
  • emily couture

    So many great tips! Love the nike trainers :)

    emily xx

    emilycouture95.blogspot.co.uk

    • Thanks Emily! I just bought them in the Nike sale, love them :) x

  • Sarah Harradine

    Super tips lovely and you look SO cute in those photos! Xx

  • I think it’s easy in January to be over the top about your goals because you’ve over indulged and never want to see chocolate again! But then as time passes you realise that you still need to live, and there will be a time that you do want cake/chocolate again, so you need to find some balance in order to be able to stick with it.
    I’ve heard a lot about Gym Shark recently and am keen to try their stuff!
    Lucy x

    • I couldn’t agree more!! It’s unrealistic to swear ourselves off sweets/junk food forevermore so it’s important to find a balance. You should definitely try out Gymshark, their stuff is really affordable too x

  • Great advice Cantara, it’s easy to fall off the bandwagon, we all do it! Cute outfit too!
    Natasha | Dance Flow Lift

    • Thanks Tasha! We definitely all do it, it’s just important to remember to pick ourselves back up xx

  • I loved this! I’ve definitely been back on the meal planning bandwagon for the last few weeks and I’ve seen such a difference in myself!
    Soph x
    sophiesanecdotes.com

    • Thanks Sophie! I love meal planning, it keeps me on track and saves me so much money. I’m so glad you’ve seen a difference! x

  • Ah I am so glad you liked one of my fitness photos on my fitness insta! I love your blog- gained a new follower! Im losing a bit of motivation so this post really helped

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    • Aww this has made my day! Thanks so much Shannon! I’m really glad I could help. If there are any posts you’d like to see or if you have any questions, just let me know x

  • Daniel Black

    Great post – I have fallen off the wagon so to speak so I really need to re-evaluate my goals. I think I might take up some boxing to change up my cardio these look awesome http://www.physicalcompany.co.uk/punch-bags-cid125.html – I’m just sick of running.

    • Boxing is such a great workout and really fun. Switching up your workout is a great way to get back on track with your goals – good luck Daniel! x

  • Thanks for the tips! This is so motivating. These are perfect tips to achieve fitness goals. Second point is the most important point as it is necessary to follow proper diet plan.

    • I’m so glad you liked it Rebecca! I agree, meal planning and prep is so important x

  • Scarlet

    Set your goals and convince yourself to reach that goal. Just add motivation and determination to it and you’ll be back on track.

  • pilbiru id

    nice article, thanks to sharing tips
    klg

  • Fabulous post I love the way you explained the 5 points. I had a gap of two month and now I started my workouts, I’m looking for some one who can motivates me.Back in action
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