Your GO-TO guide for getting back on track with healthy living after a week of poor choices in regards to nutrition and fitness. Simple tips and tricks you can incorporate TODAY for tuning back in with your body and mind. Prioritize wellness with these suggestions for resuming your normal healthy choices and routine!
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Hi all! How’s everyone doing out there? Can you believe we are already more than halfway through summer? I can’t.
School will be starting soon for kids and teens and even though I have been out of school for sometime now, the end of summer always makes me crave routine and more structure in my day-to-day life.
With all the traveling I’ve done this summer and have coming up (getting ready for my trip to Yosemite as I write this!), my body is about out of balance. So I wanted to have a concrete plan in place for when I am done traveling for the season that will help me feel more myself and back into my usual routine of healthy living and wellness-minded choices.
I think we could ALL use tips like this on occasion depending on what’s going on in our lives (travel, work stress, family issues, going back to school, etc.), so I decided to dedicate today’s post to sharing some of the KEY things I am going to do (and doing!) to ‘get back on track’ with healthy living. A few weeks or months of being out of your normal balanced routine is not going to make or break your life as a healthy person…but it doesn’t hurt to make some pointed choices to return to your usual self, ya know? 😉
A few small changes can make a HUGE impact…so hopefully these suggestions help you too!
Don’t make it a moral issue
In other words, don’t let this minor speed bump turn into a roadblock. EVERYONE has setbacks. Your unhealthy choices DO NOT make you a bad person. They make you HUMAN. You’re not BAD or a FAILURE or destined to unhealthy forever just because you slipped up. Think of the setback as a way to develop coping skills and learn to move forward with a new motivation for wellness minded choices!
Think BIG PICTURE
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again…a day, a week, or even a MONTH of poor health choices is not going to make or break a life dedicated to wellness. Sure, you might experience some setbacks, but in the grand scheme of things, you have a whole lot of years of healthy choices in the bank (and ahead of you!) to make up for a few missteps. Chances are, over a lifetime, you’ll have good days and bad days when it comes to food and fitness choices. Slipping up once in a while isn’t that big of a deal! You can always make up for it later in the next week, day, or moment. Each day is a series of moments added up together after all! Live in the present and make your next move a SMART one.
Set daily goals
I LOVE my to-do lists, but daily goal setting is a bit different. The night before, or even right when you wake up in the morning, set 1-3 health and wellness focused goals for the day. If it helps, WRITE THEM DOWN!
Go back to basics
With food, stick with simple meals filled with REAL, whole foods. Make whole grains, lean proteins, and fresh produce the bulk of your menu. Plan some fun foods here and there so you don’t feel deprived (and wind up back at square one!), but for the most part stick to the basic tenants of a clean eating.
For fitness, get back into your normal workout routine! That looks different for EVERYONE, but one thing holds true for all: it’s what makes you feel your best. Whether it’s yoga, weightlifting, or going for a walk, get used to having regular movement in your day again! Your body and mind will thank you for that and you’ll immediately feel more like your old self.
Schedule your workouts
Pig-backing on what I said above, MAKE TIME FOR MOVEMENT. Write it down and actually schedule your workouts as you would a meeting with a client. If it’s in your calendar, you’re more likely to actually GET IT DONE.
This is also a great opportunity to maybe try something new! Schedule a fitness focused friend-date or a class at that new studio that opened in your city! Shaking things up may just get you more excited to get moving again.
Dress for Comfort, Functionality, & Confidence
When we get stuck in ruts, we sometimes revert to wearing the same old things every day, not getting dressed up or putting on clothes that make us feel our best. I can TOTALLY relate to this as someone who works for myself/from home. I could work in pajamas every day if I wanted to…but that certainly would not get me up, out of the house, OR feeling good about myself. So instead I put on some of my favorite pieces from adidas that are not only comfortable, but functional and fashionable! I sometimes have to go train clients at the gym in the middle of my workday or fit in my own sweat sesh. So I love that adidas gear let’s me go from writing a blog post at a local coffee shop to leading a circuit workout for one of my personal training clients seamlessly!
Water water water. Our bodies, not only need but, THRIVE on water. Whether your digestion is off, you’re feeling bloated, or have a headache after some time off from healthy living, WATER can help. Aim to not only hit the recommended daily allowance, but surpass it daily!
Find Some Accountability
Whether it’s using your social media account or finding a friend to share your goals with, having some method of accountability is KEY for staying on track. Right now, I am relying on my friends to provide encouragement for my efforts and to also check in with daily. Whether you choose a friend or family member, tell your accountability partner your intentions and goals and check in regularly to help keep you focused!
Remind yourself of how you’ve felt lately
This is HUGE for me. Especially when I struggle immensely with overeating. I feel like I’ve hit my rock bottom several times over the past few weeks in terms of feeling like sh*t on someone’s shoe, so I have physical and mental sensations to remind myself of. When I am making poor food choices and skipping workouts, I feel like awful physically and mentally. If I make it a point to remind myself of those awful feelings, then it’s usually enough to motivate me to make the next positive choice.
While I am ALL about body positivity, I am not perfect with it in every way. I have been dealing a lot with body image struggles since I’ve been off my routine. I have found myself slipping into the bad habit of talking to myself in a way that I would never talk to someone else (like a friend for example!). Being an influencer online and with my clients, I am very conscious that I never want others to hear me talking like that. So this is where it ends!
A little positivity goes a long way and that includes not being negative to the way your body currently looks or feels. You may want your body to go back to the way it looked or felt prior to your slip up, but that’s not going to happen overnight. Plus, constantly saying negative things about yourself is not going to help. You can still love your body as it is at the time and work on changing it to make it healthier and happier!
Be gentle with yourself
This process is not easy…and even a lot of these tips are easier SAID than DONE. Especially when you’re going through health issues that are out of your control, like I am! So give yourself grace. There WILL be slip-ups on your way journey to health and happiness, but that’s life. It ebbs and flows…as does healthy living in general. Take breath. Put a smile on your face. Remember that each day begins anew. Acknowledge that you are strong and capable. And channel the fact that every down in life means an up is just around the corner. 😉
So whether you’re traveling for work, went on vacation, or just had one too many ‘splurge’ days…I think this roundup of tips can help you resume your healthy living habits. Or maybe you’ve never prioritized health and wellness to begin with…these tips may help you get started on a whole new path to living your best life possible!
Do you ever struggle to ‘get back on track’ after travel or other life disruptions?
What are your strategies for resuming healthy life choices?
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