That seemed like a great idea when initially planning a healthy new habit - didn't it?! And then reality set in and plans didn't go exactly as expected or hoped!
That happens. Life happens.
That's why it's important to take time to reflect on what's working and not working in your quest for living a healthy lifestyle. Be honest with yourself and get our of your own way!
Get real, write it down and reflect on what course corrections would help you to follow your healthy compass on your path to living well.
As a golf enthusiast my motto is "every hole is a new hole and every shot is a new shot". If I hit a poor drive or three putted for a double-bogey - it's not what I did on the last hole, it's what I do on the next one that matters!
This can be applied to developing a healthy lifestyle. Getting to a good golf game/score takes time and perseverance - so does creating new healthy habits.
So don't give in or give up. Assess the goals you set, course correct what's not working and find small adjustments that can help you slowly find your way.
Here's an example of course correction mid-week:
Goal: I will eat a vegetable every morning with breakfast.
Day 4: No vegetables to eat - I blew it - I give up, I failed.
Day 4: No vegetables to eat - what can I do to have morning vegetables the rest of week?
Here's an example of course correction to a goal:
Goal: I will do 30 minutes of exercise 5 days a week.
Weeks 3, 4 and 5: Completed 3 of 5 days
Adjusted Goal: I will do 30 minutes of exercise 3 days a week.
Week 6 : 3 days
Week 7 : 4 days (exceeded goal)!
Setting up realistic goals you can reach and sometimes exceed gives you motivation to continue.