Iíve been feeling like life has gotten in the way lately of my health plans. Then I realized that this journey is all about life. Itís about learning to balance my health with the demands of life. Yes sometimes work will be so busy that I canít get in my extra steps or my planned dinners go astray because I got home too late to cook them. But that is part of the process. The old me would drive through and pick something up quick. Would not get up the little bit earlier in the morning because I The things I have learned and adapted over the past few months are helping me deal with lifeís little curve balls or challenges.
Iíve come shy on my step goal, but have not missed my 3 planned 30min workouts a week usually ZUMBA
. Iíve slacked on some of the weight training as time hasnít permitted it, but Iím still trying to fit some inÖÖ.even if itís isometrics at my desk.
Meals have been planned and not made. But we always have some sort of healthy choice I can grab in a pinch. Preparing salad stuff for the whole week has helped.
Side note - I wash and dry (being key) all the lettuces and store them in a few glass jars with paper toweling. The lettuce stays crisp without browning for a little over a week as long as you are not going in and out of the jar more than a few times. I put about 3-4 side salads worth of lettuce in each jar. If we need more we open more than one jar. A little tip for those who eat lots of saladsÖit saves on prep time
These glitches in planning of my exercise and eating will always be there. Things come up. Social events happen. To be a truly healthy person I have to learn how to deal with the glitches and not throw all the healthy part away. Itís easy to go back to old habits when stressed, tired, and overwhelmed by lifeís challenges. The key is to pick yourself up, dust yourself off, have that piece of cake even, and then go right back to the healthy lifestyle you have been working so hard for.
If the weight loss or health journey doesnít mentally prepare us for lifeís glitches, challenges, and indulgences we will end up right back where we started from. Social events are the hardest. You canít just miss them because you might eat too much. We all need to learn how to be social and stay on track. Or indulge and then get right back to eating healthy the next meal or day.
Iíve done this too many times. Iíve realized it is not either I live life or I diet. I have to figure out how to do both. I hate the word diet as in Iím on a diet. To keep me focused I have never said that this time. I have said I am working on making myself healthier. For the long haul thatís what I am doing.
I work in the garment industry and I see too many people that are stick thin and just not healthy. Skinny does not equal healthy. Please everybody, keep repeating that to yourself. Stay healthyÖ.stay on the correct path. Many days when I see stick thin models I cringe at what we are doing and have done to womenĎs body images.
I apologize for my entire industry. Women are beautiful no matter what size or shape. Our imperfections are what make us beautiful.
Stay true to yourself and stay on the healthy road of life!