Ever feel like you’ve made a bunch of progress on your fitness goals, and then to celebrate, you binged on margaritas and queso? You’re not alone. It’s common as humans to swing back and forth on our health goals, feeling frustrated and inconsistent. Take a deep breath, know that it’s normal and totally okay, and keep reading! Fall is an important time to keep your health goals in mind, as it’s the lead-up to the holiday season, and the extra mindfulness will help you make it through the changing seasons.
First off, drop the guilt. Dwelling on what you should’ve done last week (or month, or year…) isn’t going to bring the time back. You have today to start a new healthy habit, and I’m here to help you take full advantage of that! Rather than continuing on the same path, and feeling like there’s no point anyway now that you’ve gained some weight back, I have a challenge for you:
The thing is, most of us know we should be eating more vegetables, drinking more water, and getting 30 - 60 minutes of physical activity per day. Often we get caught up in the “yeah, but how much protein, carbs, and fat? Should I focus on cardio or weights? What about yoga?” Researching these topics and figuring out what works best for you can be really helpful in the long term. Right now, though, just getting back into some sort of health routine, is what’s going to help you succeed. Even if that means just drinking more water and going for a 20 minute walk a few times a week. Don’t overanalyze it - just do it.
Have you ever noticed that when you try to make a change, you feel like you have to do everything at once? You want to be at your end goal by next week. Health doesn’t work that way, unfortunately. The key to being a healthy individual lies in making healthy choices for yourself on a day to day basis. With health, there is no end goal! Marathon runners don’t get to a certain weight/size/goal and then stop running - they run daily because it’s their lifestyle. I’m not saying you need to start running marathons, but I am saying that you should start to tune into your daily habits and see if they’re leading you toward better health or away from it.
Only you know what’s best for you. Start to tune into your inner voice and listen to her if you hear that whisper of “you don’t need seconds” or “one glass of wine is enough.”
I’m all about enjoying life - and that is totally doable, while still listening to your body!
The key to long term health will lie in tuning into what your body needs on a daily basis, and making those small changes to actually get you there. It’s unlikely that your body will tell you to “work out really hard every day this month and only eat chicken and spinach.” (Not that there’s anything wrong with that if it works for you - you do you!) She’ll more likely whisper to get out and go for a walk to enjoy the fresh air, cook a nutritious meal with friends, or stretch your body while watching the sunrise.
I know it sounds simple, and it is. But that doesn't mean it's easy. What works for you won’t necessarily work for the next person. My biggest suggestion is to set some time aside to breathe deeply and tune into your body. What is she trying to tell you? What one thing can you do today to get you closer to where you want to be? If nothing comes up, don’t worry. It will with time, as you learn to listen to that inner voice. If something does come up, share it! Share it here, or with friends, and get someone to hold you accountable. That will definitely help you see results faster!
To your health and happiness,