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Are You Sabotaging Your Fitness Goals?

By  Sara Butler

When you’re really working a new diet or fitness plan, it’s exciting to see progress. But inevitably, most people hit a plateau and it’s frustrating. What’s even more frustrating is that you may be doing nothing different that you’re aware of, but still progress has slowed or come to a complete stop -- and so do you. There are a lot of reasons that momentum can come to a screeching halt and sometimes it’s due to self-sabotage. Here are a few of the ways you may be sabotaging your progress toward your health and fitness goals without even realizing it.

You Create Excuses

When you choose things that go against what you know you should be doing for your health and fitness, you probably feel a little guilt. You know if you want to reach your goals, then you have to stick to the plan -- and this is where excuses come into play. These excuses are just your brain’s way of justifying behavior that isn’t consistent.

A great example of this is eating healthy. Perhaps you’ve committed to bringing lunch every day in an attempt to avoid fast food, but when you start to neglect this promise to yourself, you tell yourself that you’ve been too busy at work or your kids have created hectic mornings that make it impossible for you to prepare and pack a lunch.

The point is, it’s easy to fall into excuses. Just realize when you’re doing it and call yourself out.

Your Break Gets Longer

If you got sidelined from your fitness or health goals due to injury or some other circumstance beyond your control, then it takes time to get back in the saddle. But some of the behaviors of self-sabotage that come into play can turn this break into an excuse not to return to your routine or eating habits. As this self-sabotage becomes the new normal for you, then you will fall back into old habits that weren’t healthy to begin with, like Netflix binging after dinner instead of that walk or unhealthy foods to relieve stress instead of that quinoa skillet you had planned.

What to Do

If you are in a pattern of self-sabotage, you don’t have to live with it. Call yourself on the behavior, then get back on track. Revisit your goals and take stock. Are they achievable? It might be time for new goals if they’re not!

Don't self-sabotage. Recognize the ways you may be hurting your progress and take steps to correct them.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Spring, Tex.

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