It’s time, my friends, to address the elephant in the room. That elephant, unfortunately, is my bottom, which I have allowed to balloon to a size that it hasn’t been since 2010. I could sit and wax poetic about having no idea how it happened, but I mean, come on. When you gain a significant amount of weight, barring medical issues, you can pretty much pinpoint what’s happened. It’s not like I’m working out every day and eating correctly and gaining weight. If that were the issue, I’d obviously head straight on over to the doctor.
No, my issue is instead that I’m falling back in to long lasting habits that are really hard to break. When I get stressed/upset/sad/less than awesome, I eat. I don’t have to be hungry to do so. I will continue to eat beyond fullness and to the point of misery and sickness. Do you know that feeling on Thanksgiving when you’re sitting around going “Oh, I ate too much. I could be sick!”? I have been in that state for over a month now. On top of that, I’ve been incredibly lazy. Okay, I will cut myself a bit of slack here, though not much, because I have also been sick. Working out when sick isn’t easy. Heck, working out when well isn’t easy either. Working out = not easy.
When you combine these two things, though, you end up where I am now–sitting in front of a computer, trying to make a plan, thinking about eating poptarts or jelly and toast, not going to the gym. You know, the usual.
But wait, Susan, you say, what is your plan? What are you going to do to get back on track? Honestly, I’m not really sure. I have got back to the gym a bit more consistently this week, but I’ve also ate Pop Tarts for 75% of my meals. I’m pretty sure that’s not the balance one should strive for but I’m not exactly the authority right now.
Instead, let me turn this to you. Without going with a cliché answer of “you can do this!” or “just pick yourself up and try again!”, what are your go-tos when you find yourself off the beaten path of health and wellness? How do you get (and stay) back on track when the wheels are off your wagon and it’s on fire?