You’ve done it. You’ve finally made the commitment: you’re going to lose weight. It’s going to be totally different this time around. BUT…someone brings donuts into work. They’re your favorite—maple bars…with FILLING! You simply can’t resist. Next, you miss your lunchtime run because you left your workout shirt at home. The day at the office was so stressful, you don’t have the energy to go for your run after work, and you already had that donut, so you might as well go for that quart of ice cream in the freezer and sit in front of the television for the rest of the night.

Sound familiar? We totally relate. That’s why we’ve come up with 5 ways to keep on track with your fitness goals.

Sticky notes

It’s so easy to forget your end goal when you’re constantly busy. You need to give yourself constant little reminders that you can do it—that you’ve got this. Print out some inspirational quotes and tape them to your mirror. Write yourself tons of sticky notes and put them all over your cubicle at work, on the steering wheel in your car, or on the door of your snack cupboard! They could say anything from, “I know I can eat healthy!” to “I can make one, small decision to be healthier.”

Photos

Whether you’re trying to shake off that baby weight or if fitness is something you’ve struggled with your entire life, try placing a motivational photo on your fridge or your mirror. This is not to compare yourself, but instead to give yourself a reason to keep on going. Tear out a photo from a magazine or dig out an old selfie. However, be cautious about your end goals. We believe you can do anything, but be sure to find a photo of someone with your same frame and body type. If it’s a high school photo you’re pinning up and you’ve had four children, cut yourself some slack. Love who you are, but get motivated to become the best version of you!

Buddy up

An excellent motivation can be a friend that relies on you. Find someone who shares similar goals and make a plan together. Whether that’s a spouse, a trusted friend, or a colleague, you’ll be surprised at how inspiring you can be to another person (and vice versa). When somebody else is depending on you to be their cycling or nutrition buddy, your determination will grow by leaps and bounds!

Spring clean

If you’ve been a horrible eater in the past and your cupboards are completely full of unhealthy foods, now is the time to clean it out! Don’t think about it—just throw it away! Next, go to the store and purchase the healthy counterparts of your old food. Replace your cookie jar with a fruit bowl. Exchange chips for making your own kale chips from scratch (they’re super easy and delicious). Don’t starve yourself—just make healthier choices to give your body the nutrition it craves.

Keep track

Most people that are trying to be fit either focus on eating healthy or exercising. The best way to lose weight is actually to do both, and then get adequate sleep, as well! In order to make sure you’re keeping within caloric guidelines for your age, gender, and body type, keep a food, exercise, and sleep journal. Better yet, use an iFit fitness band, and let it do all the work for you!

~J. Rebecca Sanders