The hardest thing about deciding to commit to a healthy lifestyle is to just start. And for most people, that means starting again.
This is especially true for me. I tend to be the kind of person that goes at it really hard for a month or so, and then something happens. Most recently, my daughter was hospitalized for 2 days. And those 2 days of not being in my normal routine really threw me off.
I kept telling myself all of these stories as to why I couldn’t go to the gym: I need to make my daughter my priority, I need to care for her, It would be selfish for me to leave and take care of myself, When she is back at school, I will go back to the gym, It’s Thursday, I should just wait until Monday.
When in reality all I was being was lazy.
I also kept telling myself stories about why I couldn’t eat healthy: We have so much going on right now, it’s OK to eat out, I’ve been through a lot this week, I deserve to eat this bowl of ice cream, It’s already Friday, I’ll start eating right again on Monday.
Again, I was being lazy.
We’ve all been there. We’ve been really good with our health, following a healthy diet, exercising regularly, making good healthy choices all around, and then, we get off track. Whether it’s a birthday, holiday, anniversary, special occasion, family emergency, or we just have a moment of weakness, it happens to the best of us. But, you need to know, it’s not the end of the world. You can get back on track. You just have to recommit to it, and start now.
When I get off track, I can feel it in my body. I feel bloated and tired, I have no energy to spend quality time with my family, I often get headaches, I’m moody, and I’m just not the best version of myself.
Unfortunately, this doesn’t always come to mind when I’m tempted to eat a nice greasy slice of pizza!
But life happens. I’m not the only one on the planet who goes off track. And, I can guarantee I will go off track again! I truly believe deep in my heart that no one is capable of eating %100 perfectly healthy all the time. We are all human.
It’s important to remember, it’s ok if you get off track every now and then! We are all allowed to have days where we give into the temptations and enjoy the moment of life we are in.
Where a lot of people fail though, is not getting back on track. This is the key to making those bad days better again. Holidays happen. Vacations happen. Bad days happen. Kids get sick. Your husband surprises you with a date night to your favorite restaurant. Life happens! The key to creating a healthy lifestyle is to make sure these bad days don’t outweigh the good days, AND you make sure you get back on track as soon as possible.
The biggest mistake people make is saying, oh, I’ll get back on track come Monday. I’m so guilty of this! This is probably the biggest excuse I give myself. For some reason, I try to convince myself that everything has to start on a Monday. WRONG! Why on earth do we wait until Monday?! So, if you end up having a Tuesday filled with pastries, burgers, pizzas, cake, ice cream and whatever unhealthy food you find on your plate, and you give yourself permission to continue until the following Monday, that is almost a whole week of staying off track!
Wednesday is just as good of a day as Monday, Friday, Sunday, or whatever day of the week you have in mind to start making better, healthier choices.
You can actually start with the next meal! You don’t have to wait until tomorrow to make your next healthy choice. Ate an unhealthy breakfast? Then do everything in your power to have a healthy lunch. You have to start. The moment you are in right now, is just as good as any other moment.
But that’s the tricky part. Making the decision to start right now. A lot of people will get stuck in the mindset of, “well I ate a bad breakfast, I might as well indulge in that slice of pizza, and then ice cream this evening won’t hurt either. I mean, I’ve already ruined everything this morning, I might as well keep going!”
NO! NO! NO! This is why the hardest part about getting back on track is actually doing it. For some reason we get caught up in this cycle of one bad food choice justifies making another bad food choice. We need to change our mindsets. We need to start thinking, “well I ate a crappy breakfast, I need to make up for it by eating a salad for lunch, a healthy dinner, and make sure I turn on that workout video.”
Getting back on track should happen immediately after you get off track and it starts with having the mindset of one unhealthy food choice does not justify another unhealthy food choice. It justifies making better, healthier, choices the rest of the day.
Knowing and understanding your why is key in making this all work. Once you decide to get back on track, it becomes so much easier when you understand why you want to make better healthy choices. Your “why” is the motivating factor that helps you to pick yourself up and keep going. Check out this post to help you find your “why”: CREATING A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE IS IMPOSSIBLE WITHOUT PROPER GOALS
When you understand your reason behind making healthy decisions it becomes so much easier to continue to make these decisions. Your “why” makes it ten times easier to get back on track when you go way off track. Understanding why you need to create and maintain healthy habits is key to making a healthy lifestyle that sticks.
So there you have it! How to get back on track when you have gone way off track with your health. You have to start now, you need to change your mindset about making bad health decisions, and you must understand your “why” for following a healthy lifestyle. Make up your mind to do it and then do it! If you slip up or go off track, then get right back in there and do better next time!
When you get off track what do you do to help you get back on track? Let me know in the comments below.
Til next time!