Sometimes the Advice Sticks, Motivation Advice from SparkPeople Coach
Sunday, August 07, 2016
Recently I was at a very low point. I am going through some medical issues and big life changes. Life is hard at times, I am sure many can relate. I reached out to a Spark Coach because I saw that I was slipping from what I coined my "healthy life journey". I wanted to share her response with you all. It really helped me have a paradigm shift when she said- When life gets hard is exactly when you need to take care of yourself.
I think there is no more important time to be taking good care of yourself than when you're going through tough times. When changes and challenges and problems start piling up and making life harder, we all have to answer one key question: do we want to be part of the problem, or part of the solution? It seems pretty clear that you want to be part of the solution, or you wouldn't have sent in this email, right? You could just as easily have gone to the store, bought a large bag of potato chips, gone back home, sat down in front of the TV and eaten the whole thing. You could have convinced yourself that your present circumstances simply make it too difficult or impossible to continue working on creating a healthy lifestyle right now. But instead, you wrote this email.
Why do you think you did that? My guess is that you know that giving up on your healthy living and weight loss goals will make you feel worse, not better. It might feel good for a moment to do some comfort eating, but afterwards you'll end up feeling regretful and disappointed. Those feelings aren't going to help you handle the challenges you have to deal with right now. They'll just suck the energy right out of you, and distract you from what you really need to be focusing on, which is figuring out how to handle all the challenges in your life right now.
Healthy eating and exercise is really one of the best tools you have for doing that. It provides the physical energy you need, helps you avoid those negative feelings mentioned above, and can give you something to feel good about.
One way to help yourself become more aware of how healthy eating and exercise can benefit you, especially during tough times, might be to do a little "before, during, and after" journaling, as described in this article:
Hope this helps.