Fit Tip: Sticking To Your Health Plan When Your Family Isn’t Helping
Do you ever feel like your spouse’s diet is sabotaging your weight loss? Or you use your kid’s schedule as an excuse for a week of skipped workouts? If these all too common scenarios sound like your situation, know that healthy living is possible.
Yes, it can be harder without a health-focused family, but with a few strategies under your belt you can stay on track!
Make Your Goals Known To Your Family
So your family doesn’t want to join your weight loss program, but do they know your goals? The first step to success is making your health goals clear to your family and asking for their support. If they understand your reasoning for skipping the Sunday morning donut trip, they will be more likely to encourage than tempt you.
Respect Your Family’s Schedule and Vice Versa
Yes, being single allows for more free time but everyone can fit exercise into his or her schedule. If you have trouble working out when the day gets hectic, then go while the family sleeps. Get motivated, get up early, and get your workout done first thing. If you respect your family’s schedule, they will respect your healthy me-time.
Cook Healthy In General
Nobody wants to eat a microwave diet dish. Cook real food with whole ingredients for your family dinner that you and your family will enjoy. Also, make sneaky swaps whenever possible. Trade turkey meat for beef in hamburgers, choose baked sweet potato fries over greasy French fries, swap Greek yogurt for sour cream on Taco night, and add veggies whenever possible. Kale in smoothies and spinach in pasta sauce, the kids will never know!
Get Comfortable With Saying No
Getting healthy and in shape doesn’t come without making changes. You may have to say no to certain things that your family will say yes to. As you make sacrifices and changes, remember that a healthy you is a win (and an inspiration) for your family!