There’s always tomorrow
For dreams to come true
Believe in your dreams, come what may.
There’s always tomorrow
With so much to do
And so little time in a day.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year….for gaining weight. I’m not kidding, there are so many temptations all around me since Thanksgiving. Everywhere I look there’s a holiday cocktail or snack and it’s oh so hard to not get caught up in it all. Add in to this mix my inability to run, or do most workouts and I’m on sure fire path toward watching the scale creep up again. It happens so very rapidly too, just a few weeks and I can find myself 10+ pounds heavier and my pants are already feeling tight!
Last Sunday, I began light walking and planned to walk a little each day this week. While I got 6-7K steps at work each day, I never actually went for a walk. Each morning, I’d tell myself that I would walk at lunch – never happened; or go down and do light yoga before work – never happened; or worse yet..I’ll just do it tomorrow which also never happened. I am on that cycle of “tomorrow”, but unfortunately tomorrow never happens.
In a world that preaches – “There’s always tomorrow” when we fail to do what we set out to do, I’ve tried to live with a different philosophy. Pablo Picasso once said, “Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone.” I realize that’s a bit strong for the diet context, but it’s the best way to live life overall. Why put off until tomorrow what one can do today? Also, very good advice. We are never guaranteed tomorrow, so living life with the idea that we should do all we can today in this moment can serve us well when trying to meet our health goals.
Here’s a few things that have helped me in the past to get back on track, as sadly this isn’t my first time struggling. I hope you find one that helps you and I hope writing them down gives me a push out of my comfortable bed this morning.
1. Treat workouts like appointments – You would never stay in bed if you had a work meeting, so treat your workouts like that. I work out in the morning, or it just doesn’t happen. I know this and yet I tell myself I’ll walk at lunch. That is just not going to happen, my job doesn’t allow it. I need to schedule my workouts on a calendar with a set time and stick to it. I’ve been a bit too lax since the injury, enjoying the extra time in bed to sip coffee and relax. My body needed that break, but it’s time to get back on a schedule. Doing less has also made me lazier. Today, I will pull out my calendar and plan my workout week.
2. Set an alarm or reminder – It’s super easy to fall down that black hole in the morning. You know the one I mean. You are sipping coffee and open the computer to check email quickly. Next thing you know it’s an hour later and you’ve missed your workout. I’m going to set a reminder on my phone to buzz when it’s time for my scheduled workout meeting in the basement. This will break my trance created by all the Facebook and Twitter feeds that pull me in and don’t let go.
3. Create routine – In keeping with my scheduling of workouts, I need routine. My childhood revolved around strict routines, my parents may have been a bit excessive about it, so I tend to crave them. The calendar will help, but putting specific routines on set days truly keeps me going. It gives me something to look forward to and helps when I don’t love a workout to know it’s only one of the days in my week.
4. Keep it light – When motivation wanes it’s often a sign that you need to lighten things up a bit. I know I need to recapture some of the fun of working out. This is actually a perfect time to do this, as I’m not training for anything specific right now. My short term goal is to get moving and have some fun. I’m planning to look for some new trails to walk on, or try some new workout routines on Beach Body On Demand that I’ve not tried yet.
5. Stay in the present moment – I have to live more like my dog Sonny – in the present moment. It’s so easy for me to become overwhelmed by one bad choice (alright, seriously there’s been more than one). I just have to keep going and move on because when I beat myself up for one mistake, it just gives me excuses for the next one.
6. Get connected – Keeping my mental state in a healthy zone is critical for my success. I am an emotional eater and it’s super easy at this time of year to go down that rabbit hole. I miss my family being as it once was during the holidays. I miss my mom and dad being with me at my tables. Every song or scent evokes memories and they can become overwhelming. I’ve got to keep pushing myself to go out and get connected with others. Walking alone is great, but it’s so much more fun to walk with a friend, or my husband. I can’t run with my running group right now, but there are other injured runners who would likely meet me to walk. Find someone to connect with during this holiday season and see if it helps you get back in a healthier mindset.
That’s the plan for the week. I’m going to do my Sunday cooking today so I have healthier food for the week. I also plan to get some food for my work refrigerator and I bought a small Nutribullet machine for my office. I’m hoping if I’m craving something sweet a nice shake might provide some satisfaction instead of the chocolate or cookies. If not, at least I know I’m getting some extra vegetables and fruit into my diet.
How are you doing this holiday season with your eating and workout plans? If you find yourself struggling, try one of these ideas and drop me a line to let me know if it helped. You are not alone on this journey! There are many of us walking this walk and together we will get it done.
Great read to help change your mindset:
The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom (A Toltec Wisdom Book)
Inside the pages of this book are four life lessons that we all can draw upon in our daily lives. Now especially, with our world in constant turmoil, with tensions running so high, I find myself relying on it heavily. The four agreements are –
- Speak with Integrity – Your word is everything! Say only what you mean and avoid negative self talk and gossip. Use your words to speak the truth and of love.
- Don’t Take Anything Personally -Remember always that nothing others say or do is because of you, it is really a projection of their own reality. Be immune to the opinions and actions of others and you will avoid much suffering.
- Don’t Make Assumptions – Do your research before you make an assumption about someone or something. When in doubt save your energy and don’t worry about it. Ask and be direct rather than fretting and worrying about things. Be sure.
- Always Do Your Best – Under any and all circumstances do your best each and every day. Yes, your best will vary depending on the situation, but do the best you can at all times and you will never be full of self regret.
I use them in my daily life and often at work. They really are about making a mindset shift and approaching life from a position of self love and positivity.