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5 Ways to Stay Mentally Engaged In Your Healthy Living Goals


It’s been a while since I’ve done a Friday Fitness Check-in! I am happy to be back.

For the past 4 weeks I have been really busy. Like, being pulled in every single direction type of busy. Although being busy is the norm around here, (hence the whole point of the blog) something happened during the course of those 2 weeks and it was sneaky and undetectable – – I was no longer mentally engaged in my process to get healthier.

The hardest part about getting healthier has never been the exercise or even the food. It has been the mental aspect, the part of me that believes I can do it. The part of me that ignores the upward movement or non movement of the scale. The part that says by this date you WILL be this size.

That part of me is responsible for my weight loss. It is responsible for my food tracking habits and never ending desire to succeed. Somehow over the past few weeks the cerebral aspect of the game was put on pause. I didn’t even have a clue! Life really went on.

Since last October I have been mentally locked and loaded. I’ve lost more weight in the past four months than I have in YEARS! Being mentally in the game is powerful. It is the invisible power that stops you from over eating your favorite foods, it pushes you to go one more mile, it gives you confidence in yourself–in your ability.

Without that confidence I was stuck in a rut. Too tired to cook dinner for myself, passing on my strength training challenge on more than a few days. Not monitoring my water intake, and the list goes on. Without the mental engagement old habits creep in and take over.

Thankfully I caught it before it could get the best of me and here are the ways that I got my head back in the game.

5 Ways to Stay Mentally Engaged In Your Healthy Living Goals

Having a hard time staying on the diet? Here are 5 Ways To Stay Mentally Engaged In Your Healthy Living Journey!

1) New Trainer: I got a new trainer and he is all kinds of awesome. He is paying attention to me, hearing me out AND he just happens to be an old college buddy. Working out with him was hard and eye opening as the workout highlighted to me that I had been going through the motions by doing easier workouts.

2) Reassessed Diet: I began to take a look at my food intake. Had I been slacking off? Eating  too much? Eating too little? I made some tweaks to somethings that may have been slowing me down and making me sluggish.

brown rice, braised beef, kale salad & quinoa salad = amaze

brown rice, braised beef, kale salad & quinoa salad = amaze

3) Shopped My Closet: I have been going to the gym everyday but just doing  it as a chore. I decided to go deep in my workout wardrobe and picked something I’d never worn before. When I put it on I was happy (because I couldn’t fit it last year), and that led to a fantastic workout.

4) Set Small Goals : I would really love to lose a simple 2 pounds this month. Just enough to get me back on track with the losses. I have done a great job not gaining any but when the mental stopped the losses stopped too.


5) Gave Myself Credit : Just because the losses stopped doesn’t mean that all I have accomplished in a few months wasn’t worth celebrating. The weight loss train may have stopped but the light is still green.

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I am happy that even though life got in the way, I didn’t fall face first into old habits. This process–like any other process–takes a lot of time and patience. Not everyday will be “on”  but the goal is really to have more on days than off days in the end.

Have you had off days in your goal pursuits? Feel free to check in with your Wellness wins and/or losses!

Mihaela Echols

Tuesday 13th of December 2016

Food intake is one of the biggest factors. I tell everyone this. As soon as they start watching what they eat and drink a lot of water the weight just drops.

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Kristina Walters

Tuesday 11th of March 2014

Great tips Nellie! Sometimes we need to do a self evaluation. I found that the road to fitness goals is dynamic. What worked once may not be working now and we periodically need to reevaluate our methods to stay on track. Great job!


Tuesday 11th of March 2014

Thanks Kristina!! The re evaluation is key for me!! I am learning to do it at least every 2-3 months.

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Monday 10th of March 2014

You have to Tara! we work to hard to not give ourselves credit for all of that hard work!