How to Keep One Foot on the Wagon

Hey all, hope your week is going really well! I’ve been busy catching up with old friends and spending time with new ones. Nothin’ better than that!

Today I decided not to share a WIAW post, since my food photog has been slacking lately — oops. Instead, I’d like to share some tips on staying at least partially on track.

How to Keep One Foot on the Wagon. Tips for staying healthy and maintaining a balanced lifestyle!

Lately, I’ve loosened up a bit on my nutrition and workout schedule. I was advised to do so by my doctor (long story).

Some days, this is great. I get to eat whatever I want and don’t have to bust my booty every day at the gym! But sometimes it’s a bummer. I get discouraged if I eat poorly or have a less-than-intense workout.

Ultimately, I can’t help feeling like I’ve fallen a bit off track. There have been a few too many pumpkin baked goods, handfuls truckloads of candy corn, cheesy tacos (“when in TX,” right?), late night snacks, bar tabs, etc. You get the idea.

Dogfish Head Namaste beer and Rogness Yogi Chai Spiced Amber beer

Marketing at its finest. I love yoga, so I’ll TOTALLY love these beers! ; )

This Pumpkin Pie Blizzard from Dairy Queen was a special treat.

Dairy Queen Pumpkin Pie Blizzard … it was bound to happen.

When this happens, it always helps me to refocus. I will sit down and write out a list of areas that I want to change or improve. Most recently, that list has looked like this:

How to Keep One Foot on the Wagon:

1. Take lunchtime walks. I sit all day at work. Actually, I stand about 50% of the time and my coworkers think I’m nuts. So, I try to get a bit of activity in at lunch. Plus, it’s nice to just get away from my desk and get outside!

Pretty fall flowers taken near the Greenbelt in Austin, TX.

2. Indulge once a week. Let it happen, but don’t let it happen every day. If I eat ice cream on Tuesday, I’ll skip dessert on the weekend. Blogilates fans know this as the Yolo Meal. : )

Froyo indulgence with tons of toppings!

3. Make most meals at home. Most indulgences happen when we eat out, right? I have the most control over the meals I prepare for myself, which is the majority anyway. Therefore, I make a conscious effort to make these meals nutritious (see more of ’em on my Instagram!).

Healthy homemade grilled salmon, asparagus and roasted butternut squash

4. Monitor sweets and samples. Notice I said “monitor,” not limit. Of course I need my snacks! Sometimes I just need to be more mindful of why I’m snacking, what I’m snacking on, etc. I am also totally guilty of “sampling” a little of everything. Little nibbles here and there can add up, though.

5. Keep “problem foods” out of the house. There are certain foods I tend to overeat. Granola, store-bought trailmix and chocolate covered nuts (MY KRYPTONITE!) are some of them. It’s really best for me to just stay away from these foods, so I don’t bring them in the house! If anything, they serve as a special occasion treat.

Embracing my inner foodie (and, okay, white girl this fall) has been fun. Cutting back on exercise has been tough. It’s kind of a roller coaster, and I don’t always know exactly how I feel about it.

I know I won’t fall off the healthy “wagon.” But I don’t know if I’ll get back to the level of dedication I had when I was home, working part time, making all my own meals and working out several hours a week.

For now, I’ll see how long I can ride with one foot off, one foot on.

Your Turn-

  • Do you ever feel like you have one foot off, and one foot on the wagon?
  • How do you get yourself back on the grind?
  • Are there any “problem foods” you try to keep out of the house?

Of Possible Interest-

Recommitting” – Lean, Clean and Brie

Back on Track and it Feels So Good” – Pancake Warriors


19 thoughts on “How to Keep One Foot on the Wagon

  1. Not only am I the candy corn queen, but I prefer the candy corn pumpkins. yup. the big ones.
    However, I guess there’s hope because I can only seem to eat 2/3 pumpkins at a time without feeling sick. (whereas before the limit did not exist)

    Seriously though, props for keeping such a level balanced head about the whole situation. I’m sure it would have been easy to have a “hop off the wagon” mentality, but instead you’re embracing challenges and I’m sure you’ll come out stronger for it!

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  2. Girl if trail mix is in my house – it’s gone before the next day. Ugh some foods I just have no control! i love these tips – especially the indulge once a week – how important is it to keep a healthy relationship with food (instead of restricting all the time). Homemade is always better – love knowing what is in my food. Thanks for sharing and best of luck staying on the wagon 🙂 PS that froyo looks amazing 🙂


    • Sameeee, I have no control too with some stuff! I think it’s important to recognize that though and try and avoid those situations. Thanks girl – it’s so nice to see others feeling the same way. We’re all in it together!! 🙂


    • That’s a good tip! I was doing that for a while (helloooo, Type A personality, haha), but I kind of just map it out in my head now. And ughhhh I went through that phase with yogurt and nut butter too. Best to recognize it and avoid it, right?! Have a great rest of your week! =)


  3. Ahhhh life happens!!! The good thing is that we can always get back on track. Sometimes we need these “distractions” to realise how much we love eating and being healthy.
    I totally think you can do it!!! 😉
    I love the way you say monitor, it is so true!
    For me trail mix and dried fruit are a killer I can be done with a whole bag before I even sit down to eat it!


    • Elsie, that’s a great point! I see people all the time talk about falling off the wagon and wanting to get back on track .. I think the fact that they CARE so much means they won’t completely abandon a healthy lifestyle. 🙂 Thanks for the encouragement, girl!


  4. Hi Emily! It’s not possible to be PERFECT with our diets and working out, and sometimes your body tells you to ease up a bit with being strict, or its tells you to ease up a bit with being indulgent (guess your doctor weighed in on the former!). I like to eat a little crazier on the weekends and keep it tight during the week. One YOLO meal isn’t enough for me each week unfortunately. As long as you stay active, you should be fine though. Hope you have a great Thursday! 🙂


    • Thanks for the support, Ashley! That is such a great mindset — I love how balanced you are! You’re a great role model, so thank you for that. I might have to borrow your YOLO weekend philosophy ; ) Some food nourishes the body, some food nourishes the soul!


    • Haha, it’s definitely a good idea to keep that stuff out of the house….. and by that I mean, it’s okay to eat in the car. 😉 Kiddinggggg. And AHH I KNOW, I can eat hundreds and you’re definitely supposed to eat, like, 5. Have a great weekend, Jord! xo

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  5. Definitely can relate to you here. I feel like when my life is getting busier with events/friends/parties/weddings/job work/etc. then I tend to get off track even more. The good news is the happier I am, the more I seem to indulge and eat! At least I’m not a depression eater I guess…haha. But those Pumpkin Pie Blizzards are no joke…I tried a bite from one that a good friend of mine got on a date of our’s out with our guys and it. was. awesome!!!! Blizzards are hard to resist. Indulgence is okay every once in a while though. 😉


    • Yes, absolutely – I feel the same way. I think it’s important to let loose and enjoy those parties/weddings as you mentioned, and if that involves a bit of indulging, that’s okay! I honestly think being AWARE of the fact that you’re doing it is half the battle, though … it helps you get back into a normal routine. Haha and oh man those blizzards! If I have one a year I’m fulfilled :p definitely couldn’t do it all the time hahaha 😉 Thanks for commenting! : )


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