Reading through this week’s posts, I think Julie’s blog title sums up a common theme for all of us as we make this journey to a healthier lifestyle: “Sometimes life gets in the way.”
Kids get sick, we have to work overtime, we wake up to 10 inches of snow and our entire schedule is thrown off in an instant … what can you do? Adjust and keep going.
Julie shared a great example about having to redirect her attention away from her healthy lifestyle goals during week 3 so she could focus on another important aspect of her life – her home. She freely admits she tossed her diet and exercise routine out the window, yet she still managed to lose a few pounds. And have you seen the results of her labor? What an accomplishment! She needed to get that work done and now that it is, I’m sure she will be able to get back into her routine with a clear mind and a renewed commitment.
This challenge is about making realistic lifestyle changes that we can live with long-term. Realistic means they have to work in real life. Real life requires flexibility. Have a plan and stick to it, but when something gets in the way it’s better to swim with the current, not against it.
You are laying the foundation for the rest of your life. These six weeks are about getting started and discovering the tools, recipes and support you need to begin changing your habits. Life will get in the way by bringing obstacles and blessings. When it does, remember: the best laid plans include a back-up plan.
Here are some ideas to help you outsmart life when it tries to get in the way:
Eat healthy when you don’t feel like cooking: Cook more than you need at dinner so there are healthy leftovers to freeze or use the next day. Steak or chicken is a delicious addition to a salad or stir fry.
Exercise when your schedule is already full: Keep a pair of old tennis shoes and exercise clothes in your car in case you get an unexpected moment to workout or just take a walk.
Avoid the temptation of the vending machine: Keep healthy snacks like fruit, nuts and high fiber cereal bars in your desk in case you have to work late.
Keep going: Read this.
• I may not be there yet, but I’m closer than I was yesterday. ~ Author Unknown
• Nobody trips over mountains. It is the small pebble that causes you to stumble. Pass all the pebbles in your path, and you will find you have crossed the mountain. ~ Author Unknown
• The road to success is dotted with many tempting parking places. ~ Author Unknown
• Vitality shows in not only the ability to persist but the ability to start over. ~ F. Scott Fitzgerald
• When the world says, “Give up,” hope whispers, “Try it one more time.” ~ Author Unknown