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By Alyssa St-Jean ( 
So, you fell off the wagon? So what? It’s no big deal! There is no time to dwell on the situation or to feel ashamed of yourself. You just get right back up on that horse! The sooner the better. Don’t let one day of bad choices turn into a whole week or a whole month. 
First of all, what happened? Were you being mindful or careless? That is the first question you want to ask yourself. If you were being mindful, then you have nothing to worry about. If you were being careless and going all out at the buffet table… Well we may need some damage control. Where did your motivation go? Where was your self-control? This was THE year that you were going to get in the best shape of your life. Remember?
Don’t sweat it; we can still make up for those slip-ups. It is not too late. And don’t forget, you are not the only one. Lots of people set unattainable goals for the new years and fail come February. What gives? Is it the lack of motivation? Is it the lack of will power or support? Hmm… not likely…
It’s probably just a slight obstacle in the way. Time to get use to them, because it is not the first and it definitely won’t be the last. Learning to overcome them will get easier though. Trust me on this one. Here are some tips to help you stay on track throughout your journey to a healthier lifestyle. 

Slow and steady wins the race

It’s all about the baby steps. Too much, too soon is bad news bears. Start small to make sure that you are creating long-term habits that will stick. Also, make sure that you are setting realistic, attainable goals so that over time, you see large improvements. 

Plan ahead

Learn to plan ahead. Learn to strategize. And most importantly, learn to get organized. No one said it was going to be easy. Don’t underestimate the efforts involved. It takes commitment and courage to change a habit. It’s not going to happen overnight so, don’t get discouraged when you don’t see result right away. 
Pick a day that works well with your schedule and start cooking. Prepping your meals ahead of time will save you all throughout the week. In the long run, you will save time, money and a whole lot of hassle. 

Pick your approach, and stick with it! 

When changing your lifestyle habits, it is important that you do not throw yourself at all that is trending to be “fit” and “healthy”. It will all work provided that you stick with your decision. Allow yourself to cultivate the benefits before determining that your approach is not working. For starters, pick something that you enjoy. If you pick something that you hate, it won’t be sustainable and you will unknowingly be setting yourself up for failure. Obviously… Right? But we all still make that mistake at one point or another. Personally, I was going to be a track star one day, yet I hate running… Haha! Go figure?  

The buddy system 

Where’s your wingman? Grab a buddy and go! Having a partner to train with is going to make your life so much easier! It is easy to blow yourself off but nobody enjoys the guilt of leaving a pal hanging. Create accountability and make plans with a friend or a family member that has just as much drive as you. You can reach your goals together! 
All in all, it is important to remember that it is completely normal to fall off track every now and then. What matters is how fast you get back to it. 

How do you bounce back when you fall off the wagon? 

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