Ask a Health Coach: I've lost my motivation. How do I keep up with new habits?

It happens to the best of us. New Year’s approaches, we make lots of commitments to ourselves, and by the end of January we’re feeling bored or tired or busy, and our best intentions fall by the wayside.

Whether you kicked off your 2018 wellness routine with a 7 day Provenance Detox or signed up for our 3 week Commit to Clean program, the motivation and excitement we all once had at the beginning of the year begins to wane by February. 

Get out of that mid-winter rut and back to reaching your goals with these tips from our wellness team.

Start small. It’s easy to have grand plans of shunning dessert forever or committing to grueling daily workouts. But dream too big and you’re setting yourself up to fail. Start with a small, realistic, attainable goal. You can always up it later. 

Get clear about WHY you’re doing something. Think about your reasons for doing what you’re doing. Who you’re doing it for. Knowing that you want to stay in shape to be able to play with your kids, or turning electronics off an hour before bed because you want to be rested and focused at work might be all the motivation you need.

Cut yourself some slack. Burnout happens. Don’t kick yourself for falling off the wagon. Take a deep breath, forgive yourself, and get back on tomorrow.

Have a backup plan. Got home from work with simply no energy to go to the gym? Have a quick home workout you love queued up to make it quick and easy to get in some exercise in your living room (we love YogaGlo and Physique57’s online videos). Trying to cook healthy meals but have a particularly busy week coming up? Plan ahead by ordering our Organic Prepared Meals so you’ll still be eating clean.

Look for inspiration. Instagram is notorious for creating feelings of FOMO, but let’s use it as a source for good. Is there someone out there doing what you want to do? Follow them for ongoing inspiration.

Track your goals. One of my New Year’s resolutions was to meditate daily. I’ve been using the Headspace app - they do the tracking for you and it’s super motivating to see how long I’ve spent meditating. I’m also less likely to skip out if I don’t want to mess up a 30-day long meditation streak. So try food journaling, or give yourself a gold star for every time you fit some self-care into your day.

Enlist a buddy. It’s a lot harder to bail on that workout if you’re supposed to meet your bestie at the class. At the very least tell your friends and family what you’re doing so they hold you accountable. Maybe you’ll even start inspiring them.

Plan ahead. Schedule your workout, put the meal prep time on your calendar. You’ll be more likely to stick to it if it’s scheduled like a meeting you can’t miss.

Our team of certified health coaches and culinary nutrition experts are here for you on your wellness journey. Contact us with your questions and let us know how we can help.