It is hard to turn over a new leaf. Changing so many things about your routine, diet, and activities can be really hard mentally. Sure the whirlwind of it all kind of puts an element of excitement in it to begin with, but after that dies off you are just left with all of these foods, exercise, etc. that you aren't sure are really you. And while you don't wish to go back to being heavier or unhealthier, there are times you wish for things that are in your past life. It is at this point that people either persevere and make the changes for life or give up and go back to what they know best. Here is my trick for ensuring you won't revert to your bad ways...because while the first time this slump or rut hits is the hardest, it is definitely not the only slump or rut you will feel- after all, how long did you live like your old self?
The trick is to pick one activity that you really enjoy- a little something that you can indulge in once and awhile- to ease your transition. I call it my "comfort activity" instead of my "comfort food". It can be reading, cooking, writing, watching tv...pretty much anything you want. Then dedicate an hour to your activity every once and awhile (no, not necessarily every week) and don't feel guilty about it!
Try to add a new spin on it to make it fit into your new lifestyle, but don't completely abandon or feel guilty about doing things that make you happy! If you love to read, do a set of pushups every chapter, 5 pgs, time a character appears, etc. If cooking makes you feel like you, try a healthy recipe or make those yummy goodies and take ALL of them to a friend. If writing is your thing, do it sitting on a fitness ball or try to hold your feet off the ground. The tv is calling your name- drink a glass of water each commercial break or do 10 sit-ups each time a certain word is said. You get the idea.
My comfort activity is taking a bath. I like super hot baths- where you can tell where the water level was because your body is different colors in the water and out of the water. I love to just soak and let my thoughts wander...or sometimes I read...or sometimes I listen to music. But it is my time and I feel most like myself in the bath; it just makes me happy. And when I am happy I am more motivated! My spin I put on it is that for every 10 minutes I am in the bath I drink one glass, 8 oz., of water...I can get four or five of my daily glasses in one sitting!
After taking a bath I not only feel physically relaxed, but mentally rejuvenated as well. This means I am ready to face the calorie counting and the hard workouts and all of the other things that sometimes seem like just too much.
It is your brain that is controlling your body, not the other way around. It is a mental battle each day to make choices that are good for the body...it is a mental battle to lose weight, thus we need to give our minds a break as well as our bodies if we intend to keep pushing. Your mind will be what gives up, what decides this whole business is too difficult. Make sure you nurture your mind...give your mind a break and your body will be just fine :)
So here is my question...what is your comfort activity? If you would like to be entered in this week's giveaway, leave a comment telling us what your comfort activity is and what spin you are going to put on it to make it fit in your new, healthy life. (Examples are above in green)
I will randomly draw a winner on Thursday, February 25th and post the winner on my regular post that evening. Please make sure that you have left your comment by Wednesday, February 24th.
The winner will be given a CD full of great workout tunes...music that will get you up and going whether you are cleaning the house or running a race! Make sure you leave a comment telling us both what your comfort activity is and what you are doing to revamp it by Wednesday to be entered!