Here’s the thing: if you want to lose a few pounds to feel better and improve your health, it doesn’t have to be as daunting or complicated as you may think. After a month of indulging, everyone can agree that putting effort into getting healthy after a long day of work can seem impossible. The trick is to set a goal for yourself and get excited about how great you are going to feel over the next few months. It might not be easy at first to find your routine again, especially if you’re on the road a lot, but it will be worth it in the end.

Get back into a healthy routine:

Cut out alcohol as much as possible!  Sound tough? That probably means you need to do it! Alcohol is one of the most unhealthy things we can consume, yet it makes its way into our diets far more often than it should. Cutting back, or ideally cutting it out, could be one of the purest forms of improving your health and reaching your goals.

Cabinet Clean Out & Stock Up!  It’s time to ditch all the leftover goodies you have lying around the house (yes, this includes your truck too). Out of sight, out of mind is the idea here, as your taste buds and body have become so accustomed to indulging whenever you want, that it becomes much harder to resist those threats. You’re not doing yourself any favors by keeping them around, so toss them in the garbage, donate them, and fill your cupboards, fridge, and truck with healthy, delicious choices instead. You’ll be surprised how much the cravings go away after cutting sweets out of your diet.

Eat Your Favorite Healthy Meal! Healthy doesn’t have to mean flavorless, try something like roasted chicken with sweet potatoes and your favorite veggies. Or maybe for you, it’s a big bowl of fruit with a dollop of Greek yogurt. It takes one healthy meal to set the tone for the rest of the week, so why not kick start the “New Diet” with something healthy and delicious? Your body will thank you. Be sure to keep vegetables on hand that you enjoy the most, as you’ll be more likely to eat them. Eating healthy isn’t about eating food that you don’t like, it’s about eating the healthy foods you do, and slowly training your taste buds to love healthy food.

Do Your Favorite Workout!  Sensing a theme here? Good! Like eating healthy food, do workouts that you enjoy, as you’ll be more likely to keep doing them consistently! Getting back into a routine is always hard, and can also be hard on your body. Ease back in by doing your favorite workout, whether it be going for a light jog, using your truck as leverage to do push-ups, doing extra laps around your vehicle when doing circle checks, or using the truck step to do so do step-ups.

Stick To a Weekly Schedule!  Missing a workout here and there may not seem like a big deal, but it will have an overall impact on your routine and cause you never to get back on track. Bad days happen, we’re all human. It’s essential to plan and stick to a weekly schedule rather than daily, ensuring that you get everything done in a week that you have to. That means if you plan to workout 3x a week this year, three exercises have to be done every week. Expected to work out on Monday but didn’t end up having time? That’s okay, know that you have to make up for it another day, so you get those three workouts!

It can be easy to get off track, so be gentle on yourself and never throw in the towel. Change can be hard at first, so pick a routine that works for you and adjust accordingly, but you must CHOOSE to do so every day!