After a Push to Get Healthier or Skinnier, What Next?

You just dropped another five pounds.  You picked up a meditation habit and you're sticking with it.  You finally detoxed off your high sugar diet.  You're feeling pretty proud of yourself and you look and feel better.  Great!  But the push is over, you're settling back into a more normal, although somewhat altered, routine.  What should you do next? Take a Breather This doesn't mean backslide back to old habits!  This means enjoy the view from the top of the mountain.  We spent a lot of time setting and striving for goals.  Just enjoy where you are right now and take a little rest before you start your next challenge.  It's okay, it's actually good for you; just revel in your newer, healthier self. Contemplate Your Next Move After your breather, think about your best next step.  It's easy to blast five pounds off your body and then immediately dive in to try and drop the next five.  Here's my advice specifically on weight loss.  After you lose five pounds, take a mini-break.  Keep eating well and exercising, but work at a little lighter level before you dive back in.  Taking just a week to recharge your body a bit and give it some rest works wonders.  By programming in a "plateau week," you're less likely to face a real and annoying plateau. If you have accomplished one goal, though, why not contemplate something totally different.  If you just lost weight maybe you want to set a physical challenge like run a 5K.  If you've created a meditation practice maybe you want to incorporate yoga to compliment that, or go in the opposite direction and sign up for a bootcamp class. Take a few days and do a little research before you choose your next self-improvement project. Consider Journaling Keeping track of how far you've come is really gratifying.  It's also a good way to keep track of any tricks you've developed as you continue to improve yourself.  It doesn't need to be a traditional journal.  It can be a spreadsheet tracking sets and reps, or just a little notebook where you jot down random notes to yourself.  It's a great way to see progress over time and to realize that all your work is actually paying off. Create a Community to Support Your Newest Success Start reading blogs in the area of your accomplishment or join other online resources.  Meet people face-to-face in your area that do what you just figured out how to do.  You'll have support, friendly faces, and someone who "gets" what you're doing. How cool is that? What is your next step?  What do you want to do?  Do you think taking a breather is a good idea or will it take the wind from your sails and possibly create a backslide?  What do you think? This is part of a series for Challenge Week:  A weeklong plan to live a better life.  You can read them all here: If you like this series, please share it with a friend or on your Twitter feed or Digg, etc.  I'm passionate about helping people get to the next level!  :-) Please share your comments about how you did, I'd love to hear from you. Lisa P.S.  I've got an awesome newletter ... Sign up over in the right hand column ... :-)

About Lisa Johnson

Lisa Johnson here. I've been a personal trainer since 1997, a Pilates instructor since 1998 and the owner of Modern Pilates since 1999. I'm hoping to give you some good ideas to get or stay in shape with a healthy dose of humor and reality. Thanks for joining me.

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