How To Get Back On Track After A Setback
It happens to almost everyone. You’re going along with your workout and diet program, things are going wonderfully and then one day, you lose it.
Perhaps a work function came up in the evening that caused you to skip your normal workout session or there was a plate of cookies in the break room that you had resisted all day long and then in a fit of stress at the end of the day, you just gave in as you needed the emotional comfort you know they would offer.
Whatever the case, you’ve faced a set-back and now have to get back on track so that you can move forward and start seeing the results that you’re after once again.
But how do you do this?
How can you jump right on the bandwagon? For some people, it’s not nearly as easy as it seems. That first set-back could potentially cause them to detour off track, spending a full week trying to get back on track again and see the results they’re going for.
Let’s go over a few of the key tips to keep in mind regarding how you can get back on track should a set-back occur.
Accept The Set-Back
The very first thing that you must do is accept the fact that the set-back occurred in the first place. Don’t stay in denial about the fact that you slipped up on your program, accept it so that you can move on.
Far too many people will sit there and ruminate in the fact that they experienced this setback and this really isn’t going to serve them well in any regard.
Not only will they dwell upon the mistake and stay in the negative frame of mind, but they’ll also suffer a reduced level of self-belief in their capability to stick with the plan if they’re continually thinking about their set-back.
Accept it and begin to move on.
Remind Yourself Of The Positives
Moving along, the next thing that you should be doing is reminding yourself of the positives. What good will come due to the set-back?
While it may seem like no good could come from falling off your plan, this isn’t always the case.
If you’ve been working very hard in the gym for weeks on end, the extra day off could serve you very well as it’ll enhance your overall level of recovery.
If it was a diet mistake, this could actually help to boost your metabolic rate and shock your system into burning up more calories again so that now that you’re moving back onto the diet, you’re seeing a faster rate of fat loss success.
Keeping these positives in mind can help you shed some light on the situation and keep you in that positive state of mind.
Look Back Over Your Progress
Moving along, also make sure that you remind yourself how far you really have come. Don’t ever lose sight of the fact that you have been working hard and are seeing great progress already.
If you suffer a set-back, yes, you may have had a slight blimp in the results that you’ll see, but it’s nothing compared to the grand scheme of things.
Have a look back over your training journal or any progress pictures you’ve taken along the way so that you can clearly see just how far you’ve come.
This keeps things in perspective and will help ensure that you’re not making a mountain out of a molehill.
Map Out Your Plan
The next step to get past any set-back that you happen to experience as you go along your program plan is to map out your plan to move forward.
Maybe your workouts are starting to get boring and that’s why you experienced the set-back in the first place.
Or, perhaps you really aren’t eating enough calories on a day to day basis and the constant hunger has just been too much to handle.
Remember that sometimes you do need to make adjustments to your program plan as you go about it, so review what you’re doing and see if there is something that isn’t quite working as it should.
A few simple tweaks to the program plan could be just the thing to get you back on track and moving forward again.
Finally, the last step to getting past a set-back and making sure that you’re moving forward onto greater levels of success is to remove all temptation.
If you have foods lurking around the house that are going to tempt you and make you want to cheat on your diet plan, this is only going to increase the chances that you do give in and eat those up at some point or another.
Everyone has their weak moments and during those times, if temptation is right around the corner and easily accessible, the chances that you pass it off will be slim to none.
This applies to almost everyone – whether or not you have a good level of willpower.
Likewise with your workouts, make sure that you are always scheduling your workouts into your day so there’s less of a chance that something will come up and eat away at your time – time that should have been spent doing the workout session.
The more regular you can keep your workout sessions in terms of time performed throughout the week, the more of a habit they’ll be and something that you don’t think twice about.
So there you have the primary steps to take if you find yourself facing a set-back. Remember that very often it’s not the actual set-back that will cause problems with your progress but rather how you choose to deal with this set-back instead.
Be smart and you can move right along and get back on track to moving forward and seeing the success you’re after.