When I was recovering from a near-fatal car accident, I promised myself that just as soon as I was able, I would make sure to return to my healthy eating lifestyle and get back to training for my next half marathon. When that time came, I was able to make the transition fairly easy for a few weeks but couldn’t quite seem to make a complete transformation. It had been a couple of months and I kept bouncing back and forth. One week I would eat well all week but wouldn’t work out. The next week, I would work out and run, but I would make horribly bad food choices.
Over time, I have found that the best way to make a change is, well, to make a change. The change for me is to rid the house of anything that might distract me from the correct food choices. Go grocery shopping for the entire week and make sure to get plenty of healthy and tasty vegetables, and other good food choices. Be sure to get enough food for breakfasts, lunches, snacks and dinners throughout the week, so you’re not stuck running out of the office for lunch picking up yet another bad choice.
How many times have you forgotten to prepare for dinner so you pick up a bad choice on the way home because you’re just too tired and/or really hungry? Or how many times have family or friends suggested meeting at some restaurant or another and you go, convinced you can make a good decision. When you arrive at the restaurant, their special of the day sounds so fabulous you can’t resist and make a poor food choice instead? If you are like me, I’m betting it has happened more than you care to admit.
There are four things that make me deviate from my intended plan, and those are being hungry, angry, lonely or tired. That’s right folks! It’s an acronym: H-A-L-T. And that’s exactly what we need to remember to do when thinking about wavering from your healthy lifestyle. As long as you make plans to eat 3 square meals and some healthy choice snacks along the way, drink plenty of water, stay away from the sugar and unnecessary carbs, you can do great with the food. If you keep your food balanced, it will help your emotions to stay balanced as well, and thus, you’ll avoid getting angry. Think about this: if you avoid being angry, I will bet you that you won’t be lonely either. Most importantly, we all need to make sure to go to bed at night, turn off the television, and SLEEP.
Do your laundry early, do your grocery shopping when you aren’t hungry and have your meal plan written out, and pack your meals the night before you need them. Get rid of all of your excuses why you can’t work out and be healthy. Try laying out your running clothes, including your favorite socks, the night before. Make sure you plug in your running gadgets such as your Garmin and your iPod, so they’ll be charged and ready to go, and then go to sleep. You will wake up feeling refreshed, you will work out, and then you will feel accomplished and want to do it again. Keep a log and see your efforts paying off, and I’m sure you’ll be inspired to keep moving forward.
Fitmark Ambassador 2013