For the last week, I’ve been wondering where the time has gone – and where my resolution has gone. This is not a great revelation, but it bears saying. Life gets in the way and typically, at least for me, one of the first things that gets compromised is my commitment to eating healthy and exercising. My resolve regarding exercising regularly has been surprisingly constant over the last six months. The eating part of the equation, however, not so much.
There are a few factors that go into me sticking to an eating plan consistently. First, there’s planning. If I don’t plan out what I will eat for the day ahead of time, I end up not eating enough of the good stuff and foraging for whatever is available, which typically includes high-fat and calorie snacks and carbs. Next, there’s keeping a food diary. Writing down what I eat helps me gain perspective on what I’m eating when. Hand in hand with both of these is measuring out what I eat. If I don’t weigh and measure out what I eat for most meals, I end up eating too much or underestimating how much I’ve eaten of something. Finally, I need a routine. On those days when I have no choice but to schedule lunch meetings — or more frequently, when they’ve been scheduled for me — every likelihood is that I will fail to maintain my eating plan for the day.
So what to do? I’ve tried beating myself up. The result is that I give up on everything and end up feeling even worse about myself. That’s no good. What I’ve decided is that I need to accept my mistakes and missteps, learn from them — and then move on. Yes, it’s trite, but tomorrow is another day.
I’m looking forward to it.
What do you do when life gets in the way of healthy living?