In about a week, the moving truck will pull up to my door. And some time the following week, they will start unloading all our belongings into a much smaller house in Iowa.
Yes, I’m moving. My husband is going to retire, and after 37 years in Denver, we have decided to live closer to my family in the Midwest.
What a change! I’m already feeling a bit sad as I sell or get rid of a lot of stuff in my efforts to downsize. A couple of days ago, I watched my 40-year old set of china go out the door.
It was followed by my dining room chairs (no dining room in my new house) and a great patio table as well as my exercise bike and a lot of other things.
I’m excited about entering a new phase of life. But right now, I’m struggling to stay on my healthy eating plan, and my exercise program has gone out the window.
Last night, my husband and I were both exhausted from lugging things and packing. So we ordered a pizza and I finished the evening with a dish of mint chocolate chip ice cream.
Today, I’m more rested, and I feel a lot better. I also know that during this time of major change, I have to give myself a lot of grace. So I’m choosing to relax about my eating and do the best I can to stay healthy during these next couple of weeks.
Here are the concepts I’m using on a daily basis:
1. Minimize the damage
For me, that means keeping my focus and using my “tools” that help me stay on a healthy eating plan. It also means not getting too hard on myself during times when I’m not doing as well with this.
2. Half-off special
With this simple approach, you eat half of what you usually eat or half of what you want. For me, that might also include taking half of my usual serving, which is a great way to manage the cookies and ice cream that seem to be sneaking in right now.
3. Just do something
I use this tool a lot to get myself started on exercising. But it also helps me eat one healthy meal, one piece of fruit, or drink one glass of water. Once I’ve done “something,” it’s a lot easier to keep going.
Just writing this has already boosted my motivation. I feel strong again, and ready to stay on track with my healthy eating and exercise!