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Well, after an eventful time away, I can happily say I’m home again, home again! What a weekend…It’s hard to believe so much has happened and all of a sudden it’s done! I made it back to Calgary without too many issues; we were late to leave Philadelphia and I barely made it onto my connecting flight, but I made it! A run through the airport is good exercise, right? Luckily the customs and security lines were short. At any rate, I’m home and ready for a few things in particular: some big salads, a long run, and some good sleep in my own bed.
Getting Back on Track
After any length of time away, there’s always a need to get back and into routine, but it can be hard to find motivation to commit to the plan again. I thought I’d share my go-to ways to get back on track.
Make a Plan – This week I’m focusing on 3 things: keeping good food in the house; eating clean; moving. That means grocery shopping (which I did today!), meal planning (a thought I’m trying to make into habit from the Healthy Living Summit – I did this before going to the store), and staying committed to workouts. In addition to this? Drink water – lots of it! Today it was 10 miles, last night was a short trail jaunt with Mikey!
Start Right Away – Even right from the airport I wanted to start off on the right foot and not go out for burgers and beer (as tempting as it sounded!). After traveling and eating too many healthy granola bars, I knew my body needed greens! As much as possible, when you make a plan try to get it underway as soon as you can, beginning with your next meal, your next snack, workout, or chunk of free time to use it well. I forgot that Mikey was also out of town camping with friends, which meant our fridge was empty of all good things and we both didn’t feel like shopping then. So…I may not have had a burger and beer, but I snacked on PB&J sandwich bites, yogurt and granola with raspberries, and a few graham wafers with a bit of vanilla ice cream on top. Talk about not sticking to the plan right away! As soon as I realized we were out of fresh produce and had not a fruit in sight in the house, I anticipated something like this happening, so it wasn’t so bad.
Back on track with a fried egg and egg white with spinach, loads of veggies & nutritional yeast for (part of) my lunch!
Commit to Stick to It – It’s all too easy to want to give up when you “fall off the wagon,” because inevitably that will happen after committing to stick to it. So be prepared for that and do your best to not give excuses to let yourself continue sleeping in, eating a second (or third!) brownie just because you already had one, and stick to your plan.
Give Yourself Grace – This flows from the previous thought: beware of not depriving yourself (you know how your mind, willpower, and body works best whether that means “giving in” or saying “no”). At the same time, when/if you decide to snack on something sweet or sleep in rather than workout, think about your reasons for doing so – will that one cookie really fill that hunger hole you’re feeling? Will you not regret it later? Then go for it! Listen to your body; does it really need the extra rest? Can you find another spot in your day to move a bit? Then enjoy the sleep and don’t fret about skipping or tweaking a workout – yours (and everyone else’s!) life will go on.
Now…it’s time to put it all into action! What are ways you typically use to get back on track? I’d love to hear some advice from any of you out there – “sharing is caring,” as they say!
Now that groceries are in the house and it’s relatively unpacked and cleaned up, it’s time to get cooking on some (pre-planned!) dinner, maybe give my Madre a call later, and enjoy the waning summer evening. Catch up with you guys later. In the meantime, live well and be well amigos,