I pretty much ate and drank my face off this weekend at BlogHer Food. I literally ate all day long for four straight days. Of course, I don’t regret a single bite (it’s all part of the experience), but, even still, I’m ready to get back on track with my healthy eating habits.
Here’s how I get back on track:
Don’t dwell on the past
Instead of worry about and dwelling on the eating “mistakes” I made in the past, I focus on the future. (“Worrying is like a rocking chair. It gives you something to do, but it doesn’t get you anywhere.”) For me, the most important thing to remember is that any weight that I gained is not permanent. With some self-discipline and hard work, I know it’ll come off.
Create a plan of attack
Creating a plan of attack with regard to my eating and exercise routine makes me feel in control. I start by planning my workouts for the week by scheduling them in my Google calendar. (Here’s why scheduling my workouts is key to my fitness motivation.) I’ll usually pick a couple of CrossFit classes and schedule them like appointments that I cannot miss. Searching for nutritious recipes online and planning a bunch of healthy meals also boosts my motivation to get (and stay) on track.
Read health blogs for inspiration
When I’d rather sit on the couch than go for a run, I read some of my favorite health blogs for inspiration. I almost always find a recipe, new workout, or some words of advice that make me want to change my tune. (Run, Eat, Repeat, SkinnyRunner, and Losing Weight in the City are some of my favorites!) Seeing others at their healthiest and happiest motivates me to think back to a time when I felt strong and fit, and this always gets my butt in gear!
Make a change NOW
Instead of waiting to start eating healthy or exercising on Monday, I make changes right away. I throw on my sneakers for a workout or plan my next meal to include lots of fresh produce, whole grains, healthy fats, and low-fat protein. I mean, what’s the point of waiting? Plus, jump-starting my motivation right away keeps me from falling further into bad habits that got me off track in the first place.
Weight loss (and maintenance) includes many ups and downs, so it’s easy to forget my successes. Instead of obsessively checking my progress on the scale and realizing it hasn’t changed as quickly as I’d like, I focus on the progress I’ve made off the scale. For instance, I recently PR-ed at a half marathon and I’ve cooked a number of especially nutritious meals in recent weeks. Remembering my successes at times when I need them most gets me back on track (consistency is key!) so I see results.
With getting back on track in mind, I made a nutritious and satisfying breakfast, which was inspired by the Greek yogurt parfait that I enjoyed at BlogHer Food.
Yummmmm… it totally hit the spot!
I also drank a glass of iced coffee with coconut milk.
While I ate my yogurt parfait, Murphy creepily stalked me.
He knows what happens once I’m finished with the peanut butter jar!
My stomach started to grumble at exactly noon today (I guess the time change didn’t affect it), so I threw together a spinach salad with some cinnamon-raisin-almond chicken salad on top.
In the mix:
- 1 heaping cup of shredded chicken
- 1 tbsp plain Greek yogurt
- 1 tsp mayo
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1/8 tsp nutmeg
- 1 tbsp raisins
- 1 tbsp sliced almonds
It was an awesome lunch, and I’ll definitely make this chicken salad again! Delish!
I finished off lunch with an Adora disk dipped into almond butter.
A couple of hours later, I snacked on a sliced banana with raisins, cinnamon, and a massive scoop of almond butter. This snack never gets old.
- Sunday: Off
- Monday: CrossFit
- Tuesday: 3 miles + CrossFit
- Wednesday: Off
- Thursday: 4.5 miles + CrossFit
- Friday: Off
- Saturday: CrossFit
Question of the Day
How do you get back on track after an indulgent weekend/vacation?
P.S. Tickets for the Healthy Living Summit go on sale tomorrow!