Embracing a healthy lifestyle, especially with routine activities like eating and exercise, is often challenging at first. You might be motivated and ready to reach your goals when you get started. But then, something happens and you lose steam. Soon, you are back to your former lifestyle where your eating habits and lack of consistent exercise will keep you unhealthy. Having a support system can make the difference between success and failure. Try these four types of support to help you reach your lifestyle goals.

Keep a Food and Exercise Diary

Become your best supporter by writing in a journal several times a week about your progress, or lack of, in meeting your goals. Track your food intake via calories, food groups, or whatever plan you want to follow. Note your exercise frequency, type, and duration. Add positive comments about what you are able to achieve, such as three days on schedule or following your plan at a fifty percent success rate to date. Review your notes weekly to remind yourself of what you have done well and where you can improve.

Talk To Your Doctor

After tracking your efforts for a week or two, make an appointment or use a telemedicine service to discuss your health goals. Your doctor can provide effective weight loss support options, such as following a specific diet or using a certain type of exercise program. Medical practitioners may recommend dietary supplements or medication if needed for underlying conditions to help you reach a healthy weight.

Get an Accountability Partner

Working with a mentor or a close friend in whom you can confide about your progress and setbacks can be very reassuring. The ability to talk about your plans with someone who is caring and affirming could mean the difference between success and failure. Knowing you are not alone may make the journey easier, and your confidante might offer helpful advice or guidance.

Participate in a Support Group

Meeting with others who share similar goals can be very affirming. Discussion, feedback, and experience all work together in a collaborative manner to strengthen each member individually as well as reinforcing the group as a whole. The social component of being with others who offer words of wisdom and practical advice can be very exciting and motivational.

Connect to support sources like these to improve your chances of success. Help is available from people who understand and care.

Author's Bio: 

Lizzie Weakley is a freelance writer from Columbus, Ohio. In her free time, she enjoys the outdoors and walks in the park with her husky, Snowball.