(Okay, I don’t really like the word diet. The term should really be lifestyle changes because if that diet is only temporary, the pounds are going to come right back and then some if you return to your former eating habits.)
Maybe you’re finally on a roll and feeling like you got your act together. You’ve been eating healthy, getting into a solid workout routine and the pounds and inches are starting to come off. Then life happens. You or one of your kids might get sick or the family schedule gets crazy. The stress of everything causes you to become tempted by your favorite munchies.
If you did fall off the wagon, don’t beat yourself up. You ate some junk and it’s tempting to just give up since you blew it anyway. And before you know it, a day of eating junk can turn into a week, a month or longer. A few days spent without intentional exercise can turn into weeks or more.
Being chronically ill (lovingly referred to as being a spoonie) presents its own particular set of challenges. For me, a day with even one appointment out can wipe me out. Some days it’s hard for me to walk far because of the upper back pain that goes along with my condition. A minor surgery almost two weeks ago left me too fatigued to do much of anything and I had a two week wait to return to normal activities.
The key to moving forward with your health goals is to get back into your routine as quickly as possible. Don’t beat yourself up about it. Make it a priority to get right back in the game. Determine that your next meal will be a healthy one…don’t wait until tomorrow! Get your body moving as quickly as possible. Even if it’s just a little walk, swimming or yoga during a super busy time, make the effort to do SOMETHING. Every little bit helps and every small step is a step in the right direction. 15 minutes at a time can make a big difference in the long run when done consistently.
It helps to be prepared for potential pitfalls. As a person with chronic illness, I already know that there are days that I’m not going to have the energy to cook. I keep staples from my food plan Trim Healthy Mama on hand at all times so I can always throw something together, no matter how simple the meal might be. I always have a game plan for when we go out. It’s always easy to find a meat and veggies based meal no matter where I find myself during the day. Additionally, I have water in a stainless steel container at all times.
If you’re able, do little things throughout the day to help you stay on track. Things like walking around during phone calls, using a standing workspace or a mini trampoline will help bring some needed movement to your day. Try doing some simple stretches before bed. Little things like this will add up over and as an additional benefit, help you relieve some of the stress you might be under.
By incorporating these principles, I’ve been able to stick with the Trim Healthy Mama plan since January 1 and have lost 20 lbs. so far this year, even though exercise is difficult for me to get to some days.
Don’t give up. Find a food plan that works for you. Set a goal for yourself and stick with it! You’ll be rewarded with renewed health, more energy and a brighter outlook as you see the pounds and inches disappear. If it can happen for this disabled 50 something, it can happen for you too!