3 Ways to Get Back on Your Healthy Track
Written by: Michelle Obermeier
Yes, it happens. To everyone. It might be for a day, a week… or more! But everyone, at some point, slips off of their healthy track.
We have all found ourselves indulging in foods we don’t regularly eat, skipping out on a few of our normally cherished workouts, or overall neglecting our healthy habits that we have been so proud of ourselves for adding into our daily routine.
You can call it a rut, a slump, a bump in the road, or anything you please. But instead of dwelling on these setbacks, it’s important recognize it’s happening and pull yourself out of it as quickly as possible.
You’re likely familiar with how easy it is to get stuck in a downward spiral and how difficult it can be to switch gears. The good news though, is that you’ve done it before and you can do it again… getting back on track doesn’t have to be a constant battle and I’m going to show you how YOU can get back to feeling your best with just a few simple steps!
Here are the top 3 strategies that have worked for me and I know they can work for you too!
Get back on the exercise track by starting small. Any thoughts about having to “go hard” to make up for all the workouts you missed.. toss those out. Those thoughts are useless and counter-productive. The most important thing is to go from nothing to something. Go for a walk, run half the distance you had been running, do a light workout. Do something that is easy to commit to, then do it again… and again. Let the first step be your motivation for your second step. Before you know it, you will be right back where you were before you fell of the healthy train.
- Set yourself up for success
No need to over-complicate your efforts. Fill some BPA-free water bottles up with lemon water and get them in the fridge (and drink one while you’re at it!). Chop your veggies, prep some to-go salads by stacking ingredients one by one in a mason jar and leaving a healthy dressing on the side… set up everything you need to create your next healthy meal well ahead of time so you’re not left wondering what to eat when you’re hungry.
Before going to bed, set up anything you will need in the morning to prep a healthy breakfast. Put the ingredients you’ll need together in a bowl on the counter or in the fridge. Eliminate the excuse of “not enough time” and commit to making it happen, no matter what.
These are the ingredients I prepped for zucchini and scallions with eggs! Easy enough, right?
Easy Recipe Bonus: Prep these delicious Banana Pumpkin Pancakes the night before. You will be set up for a healthy breakfast that your entire household will love!
Have you ever watched an incredible documentary that changed the way you saw food, or even your outlook on life? Have you read a book that influenced your healthy lifestyle? Or maybe you have a friend who motivates you to take that next step toward your goals!
Think about what has inspired you in the past to be your best and surround yourself with those things and people! Whether it means turning to Netflix, curling up with a motivational book or getting on the phone with your supportive and inspiring BFF, find what inspires you and do more of that… and often!
Hitting a rough spot every once in a while is inevitable, but it doesn’t have to last forever. Acknowledge it and move on. Use these strategies as support to get you back on your healthy track and feeling your best in no time.
Michelle Obermeier is a busy mom of three, as well as a Certified Holistic Health Coach and the owner of Essential Balance Health Coaching. She studied at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and is Board Certified by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners. In addition to giving workshops and lectures, she works with clients to lose weight, have more energy and implement a healthier lifestyle in their household, by giving them new tools and support to reach their goals.
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