Have the gray, cold, dreary days taken your healthy New Year intentions captive? Don’t worry; all is not lost! Usually, when we make a commitment to turn over a new leaf, the first few days – or weeks – can seem effortless. We are caught up in the excitement and have fun changing up the foods we eat and adding new variety our fitness routine.
But then IT happens.
Something catches us off guard: a fight with a loved one, an extraordinarily busy work schedule, or a cold that just won’t seem to go away. Whatever it is, once your new routine is disrupted, it is common to seek solace in your past habits. We begin to crave the foods that comfort us and zoning out in front of the TV becomes much more appealing than working up a sweat. You tell yourself you’ll just take a day off, but days quickly turn into months, and you find yourself making the same resolutions every year!
Does this sound familiar?
The truth is, life has a way of always getting in the way. Try as you might, everyone get sick, stressed out, and has disagreements. The key lies in being prepared for the bumps in the road.
1. Make a list of activities that comfort you – and don’t involve food: Some of my all time favorites: catching a yoga class, taking a warm bath, and meeting a friend for tea. These all help me to reconnect to myself, my intentions, and put things into perspective.
2. Schedule in healthy activities into your calendar: It’s easy to get lost in our busy schedules. Don’t just wait to see how the week unfolds to figure out when you will get in activity or stock up at the grocery store. At the beginning of the week, plan when you will exercise, grocery shop, and if you want extra bonus points – plan your meals for the week. This will help keep you organized and prevent last minute take out.
3. Get Support! Whether you turn to a good friend, fitness trainer, or health coach, it is important to make your goals heard and establish accountability. This helps to keep you focused on your goals, and is an excellent resource to turn to if you fall off track. It is important to stay in touch or have occasional sessions even when everything is going. This will help to increase momentum, build trust, prevent relapses, and most importantly – get you back on track if you happen to slip.
Amanda Skrip provides culinary and wellness services to inspire healthy living. She specializes in food-based cleanses, weight-loss, and eating for energy. In addition to working with private clients, she teaches natural foods cooking classes around the city. Visit her website to and be sure to check out the blog, event schedule, and sign-up for the newsletter – www.amandaskrip.com