Life has a way of ruining the best plans. Anything that takes me out of my routine is a threat to my waistline, and that really proved to be true this summer. It all started around the time we were closing on our new home. You know how it goes: boxes everywhere, every minute spent packing (leaving little time for meal prep), you can’t find anything you need, etc. I was feeling overwhelmed, and I had been so good for so long with my nutrition, that I told myself it was FINE if I got off track for a week or so. I allowed myself to order in and eat out way more than I should have. And it would have been fine if that’s where it ended, but then we actually moved, then I went to Atlanta, then Vegas, then Jamaica, then Charleston, then New York. Traveling is hard, you guys. I tried to keep things in check, but again, it was just so EASY to get take out and eat junk. I tried to get back to the plan several times throughout the summer, but I used a lot of excuses to keep me from succeeding. *We’re leaving for Charleston in 3 days. I’ll start again when we get back. I need to pack, I don’t have time to make dinner. I want to have fun and go out to eat with my family. *Sound familiar? The problem is that there will always be an excuse. You can always find some reason to put off healthy eating and exercise, and before you know it, an entire year has gone by and you haven’t made any progress.
One of my biggest struggles is portion control. Once I get out of my routine, I find it so incredibly difficult to get back to it. I know how important it is to not let one indulgence ruin your entire day/week/month- and I tell people this all of the time- but I have trouble taking my own advice. I might eat a handful of crackers, or have a big spoonful of peanut butter, and then I feel like I have failed. Logically, I know that it’s not a big deal and I can just continue on with my day as planned, but that rarely happens. I’ll think to myself, I might as well just enjoy ________ because I’ve already messed up the day! Just writing that out makes me feel crazy. That kind of thinking is SO flawed. I know this. And yet here I am, confessing that it’s hard for me to not only believe it, but to LIVE it.
So, there it is. I’m not perfect. I have to work at this every single day, just like you. I go backwards a lot, but I refuse to give up. I won’t ever give up on my health because I know how important it is. I have an amazing husband and an incredible little boy that I need to live for, so I will keep pushing through. If you haven’t figured out YOUR reason for wanting to be healthy, figure it out now! It’s going to help you to keep going when things just seem too hard.
I know that a lot of you can relate to my struggles, so I wanted to share some of my tips with you to help you get out of your funk and get back down to business.
Schedule Your Workouts
Treat your workouts just like an important meeting or appointment. Put it in your calendar and tell yourself you are not allowed to miss it, no matter what. If it’s scheduled into your day, you know exactly when you are doing it, and you are less likely to give yourself excuses.
Keep a Calendar on the Fridge
Keep a workout schedule taped to your fridge or your wall- wherever you are going to see it every single day. Let it serve as a visual reminder for you. When it’s out in the open, you’ve not only told yourself that you are going to stick to it, but you’ve told your family as well.
Plan Your Meals a Week Ahead of Time
Planning meals and snacks is crucial to your success! How many times have you resorted to ordering pizza or stopping at the drive thru because you don’t have time to make your lunch or dinner? When you take the time to plan and prepare foods on Sunday before the week even starts, you minimize the “I don’t have time” excuses. Make large batches of chicken and rice. Chop veggies and fruit and store them in containers, all measured out and ready to go.
Get Your Family on Board
Shout your goals to the world! Tell your husband, your kids, your parents, your friends, and your coworkers what you are doing. This is the best kind of accountability. When you are transparent about your goals, you’re telling people “Hold me accountable! Don’t let me fail!” Let them support you and cheer you on. You never know who you may inspire along the way.
Write it Down
Write down your goals. Do you want to lose 15 pounds? Wear a size 6? Fit into a special dress that has been hanging in your closet? Whatever it is, write it down. Putting pen to paper makes it more real and helps to make sure that you will stick to it. Better yet, tape your goals to the fridge right next to your workout calendar.
Keep a Food Journal
If you want to get real about your nutrition, start keeping a food journal. There is nothing more eye opening than having to write down every single bite you take throughout the day. This will help to make you more aware of your bad habits and help you create better ones. Accountability to yourself is where it’s at.
I hope these tips help you find your way back to healthy again! If you’ve gotten way off track and need an accountability partner to help you reach your goals, send me a message and I’ll hook you up with our next challenge!