Happy April! It is pouring rain, the outdoors smells like worms, and everyone is aflutter and twitterpated. Spring is here! Finally. No really, I wondered if it would just go from miserably cold to miserably hot in 2 days (I don’t know where you wanderers are located, but I’m in Minnesota, the land of temperamental weather and passive-aggressive parka wearers). Bulky sweaters to hide in and winter boots are packed up (that’s a lie. My boots are still in the entry, only because bringing them downstairs is way too difficult when I think to do it) and we are officially 1/4 done with 2015. So friends, how are you doing on your resolutions? On your one word ? On taking care of you and reaching your goals?
Are you still doing well on food prep? Getting 10,000 steps a day? Taking mental health breaks to meditate and find time for you? Moving more? If your answer is, “no” to any of the above, fear not, because whether you like it or not, tomorrow is coming. And tomorrow is a new day. And your choices today do NOT dictate the choices you will make tomorrow.You can start over every. single. day. if you decide you want to.
But man oh man is starting over hard when you are somewhere in the middle. Sure, 1/4 of the year isn’t the middle (that’s what “Part 2” on July 1st is for…) but you are still in the in between. And here’s the reality: you will always be in the in between. In the middle. Because there is no end to your health journey. Goals will be met, new goals will be set, expectations will be altered, and hiccups will be hiccuped. So to help you refuel the fire under your butt, here are 5 ways to start over while somewhere in the middle.
1). Start NOW. Not tomorrow. Not Monday. Not next week. Start now, because a lot damage can be done between now and tomorrow. Tomorrows turn into next weeks, and next weeks turn into never gonna happen.
2). Drink water. Besides the fact that your body can’t function without it, water helps regulate your metabolism, aids in digestion, fights fatigue, helps you eat less, and keeps you alert. When you are dehydrated, you get sluggish, eat more, and perform mediocre workouts. Start with attempting to drink 1/2 your body weight in ounces in water.
3). Meal prep, but not for a whole week. Start with meal-prepping at night for the next day, and then take it one meal at a time. Meal-prepping for a whole week is wonderful, but also intimidating. Making the next day’s lunch (or breakfast, lunch, snacks and dinner!) a part of your nightly routine makes your next day easier, helps you make healthy and nutritious food choices, and keeps you on track.
4). Focus on the quality of food and not on the quantity. It is imperative that you recognize the importance of listening to your body’s different reactions when you put different foods in it. Focus on eating quality food that will nourish your body, recognizing when you are full, and feeling satisfied with your food intake.
5). Sleep. Seriously. Countless studies prove over and over again that if you don’t sleep enough, you are at risk for a myriad of diseases, and at the very least, you will not decrease your waistline, aid in weight loss or increase muscle growth. Your body works hard during the day, even without working out. Sleep, rest and relaxation are what refresh your mind and allow your body to repair itself after workouts.
It is never too late to start fresh, but it sure can be hard. You can do this. I repeat, tomorrow is a new day. Your choices today do NOT dictate the choices you make tomorrow. If you moved backwards today, you do not have to move backwards again tomorrow. Start fresh (by going to bed now) and tackle your new day with vigor and confidence.
WanderFit wants to know, how do you get back on track when you’ve lost your healthy groove? Comment below!