It’s easier to fall off track when you’re in an environment where you don’t have full control. If the people around you aren’t trying to achieve the same goals as you, which is often the case, it becomes easier to make mistakes. Going back home over the holiday or moving back after you’ve graduated is one of the best examples. I’ve put together a short list of ways to avoid becoming too relaxed when you find yourself in this common situation.
1. Let your family know
The first thing you should to do is try to explain your lifestyle to your family. Let them know why you’re doing what you’re doing and how it works. Sometimes, they can’t understand it, but it’s worth letting them know so they’re mindful of the things that they do that may interfere with your progress. They care about you and wouldn’t intentionally try and sabotage your goals.
2. Track like it’s the early days
By my final year, eating to reach my fitness goals had become something of a habit and I didn’t battle with the temptation of all the wrong foods because I was very much in control of what I put into my fridge. When you move back home, however, you're going to be sharing a fridge and kitchen with people who like to eat differently. It’s a good idea to start tracking your meals like you did in the beginning. Re-examine your macros or calorie targets and start writing everything down to avoid snacking needlessly.
3. Get everyone on board
Even if you aren’t convincing everyone to join you on your bulk or whatever your goal is, introducing your family to healthier lifestyle habits is a worthwhile idea. Not only does this make it less likely that they’ll bring home bags of chips and biscuits, but it will benefit them in the long run as their own health and wellbeing will improve. I’m sure everyone want’s the best for their families, and what better way than to help them feel healthier and stronger?
4. Find balance
My family loves to eat out. It’s a chance for us all to come together, share a great meal and have a conversation without any distractions. The problem is, doing it continuously isn’t good for your health. You can always opt for a healthier option on the menu, but lets face it, most restaurants get this all wrong. Their idea of “clean” and “healthy” isn’t always very accurate. The best way around this is to persuade them to limit how often you eat out and to promise one big meal a week instead, which I combine with my week’s #cheatmeal. This, however, means you need to be successful in my second point of convincing them to adopt healthier habits.
5. Take control In the kitchen
When it comes to dinner, my sister and I alternate so I make sure the days when I cook it’s something that won’t interfere with my progress too much and is enjoyable for my family (not everyone wants to have dry beef and brown rice five days a week). If I make chicken and potatoes for example, I’ll grill the chicken or fry it with non-stick spray and then substitute my potato for sweet potato instead. Don’t forget your vegetables.
Going back home can be hard on your progress, but it doesn’t have to be. By letting your family know about your lifestyle, persuading them to live healthier and tracking militantly in the early days, you can avoid backtracking and losing all your hard earned gains. How do you choose to stay on track? Let everyone know below (don't worry, you don't need to login to comment).