For all those still following their New Year’s resolutions - well done! You’ve overcome the challenges of week three, which may be the most difficult period of the entire month.
You may be starting to feel disheartened during the third week of dieting and exercise. After all, you’ve been working flat out for the last 21 days and nothing has really changed. While your clothes began to feel a little looser last week, they haven’t budged since. Although it may seem easier to go back to your old unhealthy ways, don’t let this dip in motivation deter you from achieving your goals.
When you first started exercising, your body responded rapidly because it wasn’t used to the changes you were putting it through. After three weeks, the body has become aware of the pattern of your new diet and activity, which means it responds to change at a slower rate. This doesn’t mean that it isn’t working as well as it was when you first started, it just might take a while to see results. At the beginning of a diet or exercise routine it is common to lose water weight, after this your body will start to shed fat, but it will take a little longer.
We are all familiar with that mid-January feeling. People are well and truly back to work, the Christmas holiday season seems like it was years ago and we couldn’t seem further away from payday. We know that the pub may seem like a much more appealing idea than going to the gym, but don’t let the doom and gloom get you down. Instead of thinking of your workouts as a chore that you have to get through, transform them into sociable activities that you want to do.
Getting a friend involved is the easiest way to motivate you and hold you accountable for exercising. We’ve got plenty of attractive offers for your mates to take advantage of.
Plan ahead and select the days you are going to workout with your pal so you can look forward to them. Swap the pub for Pilates, opt for lunges instead of lattes, go swimming instead of shopping; do anything you need to get you and your friend motivated and moving. Just make sure that you are still putting in as much effort as you would do alone.
Motivational tips for week two:
If you need an extra boost to workout, try something new by joining a group class like Zumba or Spinning. As mentioned before, the sociable atmosphere will encourage you to push on a bit harder.
While some diets may recommend having a cheat day once a week, a day where you can eat whatever you want and do no exercise, we suggest that you avoid them. Allowing yourself to eat all of the foods you are craving to stop you from splurging during the rest of the week may seem like a good idea in theory, but chances are it will give you an insatiable taste for what you are missing and could make you fall off the wagon completely.
By all means treat yourself, but do so in moderation.