Track your progress (but do it privately)
Keeping a diary of your progress and goals is one way to see your success and also... to kind of keep it to yourself.
“After you have decided what your goals are, make your plan. Remember to be specific and put time frames around the goals. Maybe you keep track on your smartphone or simply write it down in a journal. Either way, self-monitoring is a powerful tool that can help keep you accountable for your goals, and if you want to keep it to yourself, that is OK too,” says Christman.
The key here is that you're holding yourself accountable, without putting the burden on anyone else. And while you might be tempted to tell your entire social media network via some sort of app every time you lose a pound or run a quarter-mile in 25 minutes, remember that you're doing this for yourself, not anyone else. Also, everyone has hidden you from their timeline.
Don’t freak out if you're not 100% on track all the time
There are going to be times when you want a little dessert, or a drink (fine, maybe a few drinks). Let yourself relax and enjoy it, because feeling like you're trapped in the chains of your diet will make life miserable for you and everyone around you. If you start calorie counting, you'll probably be asked to sit at the kids' table. Just remember that wine and cake won't undo your entire day -- provided that you don't have them for every meal every day. Plus, constantly denying yourself the food and drink you love will lead to things like bingeing later, and you’ll be even worse off than you were when you started.
To get yourself in better shape, you don't have to shift into overdrive, assures Christman. "Simply do something. Drink water, walk for 10 minutes, or eat an apple every day. I love the old saying that ‘something is better than nothing.' This is true. Once you take that first step, this can lead to other healthy behaviors.” Like keeping your friends!
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Meagan Drillinger is a contributing writer for Thrillist and is excited for April when she'll finally get her turn on the treadmill again. Follow her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.