Track. If you monitor specific behaviors, you’re more likely to be successful at keeping them up.
- Take and record your weight on a daily, weekly or monthly basis. Understand that it is normal for your weight to fluctuate by a few pounds, but have an upper weight flagged as a warning sign. If you weight creeps past that warning flag, it’s time to take action.
- Keep a food log. Using a website or phone app will make keeping a food log much easier. You’ll be able to see that you’re meeting your nutrition goals and if there are shifts in your eating behavior. You’ll be able to easy see the number of calories you’re consuming and how this impacts your weight. This single act will make you very aware of and help you to control your food intake.
- Find one or more ways to measure your exercise efforts. It may be the number of steps you take in a day or week; the pounds you can lift for a variety of exercises, or the number of cycling classes you take in a week. We all have great intensions, but it’s important to tract the efforts that we are actually able to make.