Getting down to your ideal weight can be challenging, and it doesn’t stop once once you’ve shed the pounds. There are plenty of ways to slim down, including exercise and diet, but it can be difficult to maintain your weight-loss lifestyle after you have slipped into your skinny jeans. But don’t give up hope! The secret to keeping the weight off is easier than you may expect.

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So what’s the secret to keeping the weight off? Stay organized and track your progress! If you haven’t already done so, it is time to invest in a journal to take note of your diet and exercise. There are plenty of cute + handy fitness journals, and free calorie counting apps to help you every step of the way. After you have reached your fitness goals, you still need to write down your physical activity and everything you eat each day. Doing this daily may seem tedious at first, but it has one big benefit: tracking trends in your lifestyle and how they relate to your diet and exercise regimen. Over time you may notice that when life gets busy, you drop your diet and exercise routine. If you see that every day your little one has a pee-wee sports game you slack off, it could be time to start meal-prepping on the weekends to keep yourself on track.

It is also important to keep track of your weight. This may seem obvious, but keeping a close eye on your weight (or how your clothes are fitting you), will give you an early warning sign that you may be falling behind. Be sure to write it down in your fitness journal, that way you can easily see the relationship between your lifestyle and weight.

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If you need more help, buddy up and stay motivated! Having a friend or family member who is also working to keep the weight off, creates an excellent support system. You also need to remind yourself of why you started your weight loss journey in the first place! Keep photos of your old and new self, and remember to always set new goals. This will help to keep you from falling back into bad habits. Your goals might not be weight loss, but you can aim to keep weight off for a week, then a month, and then a year!

Tracking your fitness is the perfect way to keep the weight off. Not only does it take the guesswork out of fitness, it also allows you take a look back, and see how far you’ve come!