The last few weeks have been more than a little crazy for me and my family. We went on vacation a couple of weeks back. Then toward the end of that week, my Father in Law passed unexpectedly. Along with dealing with the shock and emotions that go with that, we also had some other things happen that no family should have to deal with, especially after losing a loved one. All of this has totaled up in me not taking much if any time to exercise, and our eating has gone downhill in a hurry.
The point of this article isn’t to get into every little detail of my life and what has happened this day or that, but it’s instead to show you that life does indeed happen to all of us.
For years, I have been preaching nutrition, exercise, positive and productive thinking, but even to someone like me, life will at times have ways of knocking us back on our heels a bit. The question becomes then, what happens when a “wellness guy” gets off track?
It happens to the best of us. Life will throw us curveballs. And, we have to respond and adapt on the fly. Often this leads to poor health choices, at least in the short term. And, the truth is that is ok. The body can handle short little lapses in eating, moving, etc. It will adapt quite easily most of the time and not even miss a beat. The key is for us to get back on track as soon as possible.
Here are a few steps that I have found helpful in my life, and in working with others through the years.
1. First Realize the Situation for What It Is: Too often, people will beat themselves up mentally for falling out of their eating and exercise regimen. How often have you heard people say, “Well, I messed up on my eating this morning, so the rest of this day(or week, month, or even longer) is shot. I might as well go on and eat whatever and not exercise anymore.”? Understand, that you got off track for a bit, it’s not a permanent error. Just pick back up and move on. Trust me, your body would rather you get 1good(meaning healthy) meal in a day than 3 bad ones.
2. Start Back on Track as Fast as Possible: Often it’s as simple as just eating healthy your next meal, or taking the time to go for a walk that evening. Other times, you could be in a situation or circumstance that doesn’t lend itself to your healthy lifestyle. When that is the case, just set the date for when you are starting back. The key here is that it needs to be as soon as possible. The longer you wait, the less likely you are to follow through..
3. Get Your Spouse or a Buddy Involved: Teamwork helps everyone. Sometimes, you just need people going through the same circumstances as you to make life easier. No doubt, the first few days of eating healthy or exercising will be a little harder for most people. So, make sure you have someone who is able to relate to what you are going through and hold you accountable.
These steps are primarily about nutrition and exercise, but mindset goes right along with them. Feed your mind positive, uplifting thoughts on a regular basis. The beauty is that when you think well, you tend to act(eat and move) well. Likewise, the opposite is true. When you eat and move well, you tend to think well.
Your life will be a series of changes. So, learn how to deal with situations when they pop up, and then adapt and move on. You will be amazed at the way your body will respond in turn.