You’ve been faithfully working out, keeping up with your program, changing things up on a regular basis, working hard, eating healthy, and all of a sudden you start slipping. A bowl of ice cream here, a cheeseburger there. You start skipping workouts, too. You start gaining weight. Maybe work gets a bit crazy, life changes are happening. Or maybe an injury sidelines you and sets you back. Then you feel guilty, so you start skipping weigh-ins. You get to feeling down and comfort yourself by indulging in a favorite from your unhealthy eating past–pie, cookies, shortcake–whatever. Things snowball.
The cool thing is, you can bounce back. At any time, you can decide to get back on track and live a healthier lifestyle again. It’s important that you revisit your goals. Why did you decide to lose all that weight in the first place? Why was it so important to you? Also, get rid of the unhealthy foods you’ve reintroduced into your life. Don’t eat it to save it. And, move! Burn those calories!
If your family keeps bringing home junk food, rein them in and explain how important eating healthy is to you. Of course, having a favorite unhealthy snack now and then isn’t going to kill your progress, but when you’re surrounded by unhealthy foods all the time and encouraged by friends and family to indulge, you know you have got to take action to change that. If they are real friends and family who dearly care about you, they will understand and support you. If they don’t, you might want to consider spending a bit less time with them and seeking out others who also want to live healthy lives. It’s your call, not theirs. You need to take responsibility for your health and fitness. If they want to eat junk food, that’s they’re right, but they don’t have to do it in front of you. You may be surprised by their reaction. They may start eating healthy and joining you for workouts. Give it a shot.
Another option is to keep plenty of healthy food on hand or order healthy out when your loved ones choose unhealthy food. Many restaurants offer healthy menu choices these days. Your friends can have their pizza, you can have your salad. Or, for a pizza party at a friend’s house, you can make your own healthy version with whole wheat crust, reduced fat/sodium sauce and heaps of fresh veggies, and bring it along. Just let your host know your plans ahead of time.
Surround yourself with those who support you, change up your workout to a more fun routine, change the route you run periodically to avoid boredom, keep a food journal, and
get back to those regular weigh-ins. Maybe start a friendly weight loss challenge with a friend. Reclaim that healthy lifestyle for life.