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.
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.
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!
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. : )
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!).
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.
- 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