We’ve all been there. A stressful time, traveling, vacation, a weekend splurge that lasts for weeks. Whatever the reason, we’ve all found ourselves at one point or another undisciplined, lethargic, a few pounds heavier and in need of a restart.
For myself, it’s been Jer’s deployment and Summer living (parties, BBQs, weekends with friends and family). I hit my low point when I caught a glimpse of myself in the mirror and realized I wasn’t where I wanted to be. I felt lethargic and looked it too. So I did what I’ve done time and again. I put on my big girl panties and took back control of my life.
If you’ve ever found yourself in a low point, or are at one now, take a deep breath, renew your faith in yourself, and adopt these 6 Strategies for Getting Back on Track to the healthy lifestyle you want to lead.
1. Start Your Day off with Discipline by Making Your Bed:
It sounds too simple to be effective, but those who are disciplined in their daily actions are far more likely to achieve the goals they set for themselves. Just as a healthy breakfast will lead to further healthy meal choices, a disciplined action like making your bed will lead to other disciplined choices, like regular exercise and making time for your priorities.
2. Use Positive Affirmations:
Yes, they do work. If you’ve never dabbled in positive affirmations before, do yourself a favor and keep a journal for 30 days. Each day, say the same affirmation(s). Below are some examples of affirmations for making positive changes in your life. Give an honest account of changes in your thinking and choices. I guarantee you’ll be pleasantly surprised.
Today, I abandon my unhealthy choices and take up new positive changes in my life.
I am the architect of my life, from its foundation to all that is within it.
My thoughts are positive and my life is filled with prosperity.
My efforts are in line with the universe; my dreams become reality before my eyes.
Insert Yours Here.
3. Cull the Pantry and the Fridge (After You’ve Had a Good Breakfast):
Did you know that a majority of your Serotonin receptors are in your gut? What you eat has a huge effect on your health, including your state of mind. Do yourself (and your state of mind) a favor and get rid of processed food temptations that can leave you lethargic, bloated and irritable. Just like grocery shopping, getting rid of unneeded food in your house on an empty stomach is a bad idea. If you have any unopened packages of non-perishable items you don’t want, consider donating them to a local food pantry or after-school program.
4. Make a Daily Action Plan, Including Time to Make Meals and Time to Workout:
You are far more likely to accomplish a task when you define when and where you are going to get it done. Each night make a plan for the next day, including all that you have to do (work, kids’ activities, etc) and from there figure out when you can set aside time to make meals ahead, especially lunch (it’s so easy to grab unhealthy foods when you’re on the go), and when you can fit a workout in. And yes, you may find you have to get up earlier. Sorry.
5. Tell Someone:
Have others hold you accountable for the goals you’ve set for yourself. Choose a close friend to be your accountability partner, and share with them daily your accomplishments and what you need to work on. Be honest! Tomorrow is a new day, so don’t let setbacks hold you from getting to where you want to be. On that note, choose a friend whose honest opinions you won’t mind hearing!
6. Give Yourself a Cheat Day Each Week, and Make it Good:
Whether you’re all about Paleo, low carb, sticking to Weight Watchers points, or working out like an Olympian, make sure to give yourself a day to eat or do whatever you want, and make it good. Don’t just have some crackers, have Brie on Ciabatta bread, or relax like you mean it with a massage or facial. Remember, this treat is to reward your efforts and propel you through the next 6 days!
You are the architect of your life. Design the life you’ve always dreamed of and purposefully live in it, every day. And when you take a vacation from life, make sure to jump back in head first when you get back!