Nobody’s perfect, especially me. We all have bad days, bad weeks, even bad months. It happens. To ALL of us. Even those of us who blog about getting fit. Life’s a journey, right?
I think that when you realize you need to get back on track, it’s important to examine exactly how you got off track in the first place. And it’s important to remember that you will likely end up “falling off the healthy” wagon again-thought that is NOT an excuse to keep on this path by any means-, though I have found that the more I pick myself up, the few times I fall down and stay down.
For me, my downfall was cake.
Sugar is bad for me. It makes me feel like I need to eat when I am not actually hungry. Which is incredibly frustrating, given how well I was doing (and how awesome I was feeling). I would go so far as to say that I’m a bit addicted to sugar.
After our Whole30, I was doing well. We all were. And then Ish had a birthday. And then Smalls had a birthday…and well. Cake. Because, I like cake. And while the cake was gluten free, it definitely wasn’t what my body needed.
How did I know this? Well, I felt like crap. And I found that suddenly my pantry was filling with crap again. Granted, it was gluten free…but that doesn’t make cookies, pretzels, and other “snacky” foods okay. If doing the Whole30 taught me anything it’s that my body really doesn’t need to snack.
And it’s okay to have something sweet…unless you’re like me and a total sugar addict. I didn’t crave sugar at all on the Whole30, but after two rounds of birthday cake? I couldn’t get enough. So obviously, that’s a problem.
Knowing And Doing…
While I’m pretty good at reading labels and being careful about avoiding the things that I know I shouldn’t be eating, I definitely need to be more careful.
So this past week (and weekend) I tossed all the packaged junk, and decided that enough is enough. Out went the cookies, crackers, and the last of the beans (they give me horrible stomach aches!).
I even tossed the peanut butter, and the last of the cheese (when I said I fell off the wagon, I wasn’t kidding!).
I spent time organizing my pantry, my refrigerator, and even my spices. I washed out all of my air tight mason jars and added some cute chalkboard labels. Now I won’t mix up my almond meal and almond flour.
I love having a clean and organized kitchen.
And you know what? I’m already feeling better!
Be Kind To Yourself
When you fall off the wagon, don’t beat yourself up. Instead:
- Look at the why. Write it down if you have to.
- Figure out how you can get back on track.
- Toss the crap. All of it.
- Set some goals and write them down.
Then, just put one foot in front of the other. Take pictures, cook food, and do your best. It’s all any of us can do.
On that note, to keep myself accountable, I’m going to share my goals for this month with you. Because, sharing is caring. And it also keeps me out of trouble.
August 2015 Goals
- Post all of my meals to Instagram
- Pick up journaling again
- YOGA. At least 20 minutes. Every. Day.
- Strength and/or cardio workouts at least 4 times a week.
- 10 minutes of meditation every day.
What are YOUR goals this month? Share them with me!
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