Well I took a bit of a hiatus from blogging this summer to focus on some other things. I often struggle to balance work and play in my life and while I can’t always cut back on work hours (you know because of bills and things), I do sometimes find it necessary to cut back on some things to allow other things to flourish. So unfortunately, blogging took a hit (as did a few other things).
But now I’m back at it! This summer has been a whirl-wind of events, work, parties, and trips. I allowed myself to cut back on my hourly work at the gym to teach more classes. I got shifts covered so I could take trips with family and friends. I drove to lakes and rivers to spend a few hours with the dog in the water between shifts. But I also took more work home, spent longer hours at work when I was there, and used Sundays as the day to “catch-up” on sleep (tip: it doesn’t work). So it’s time I start re-focusing on eating healthy, exercising regularly, getting enough sleep, and taking some me time.
First thing first, I am keeping a fairly detailed list of each day in a notebook for the remainder of August. This is both to hold myself accountable as well as check-in with any unhealthy habits that may have sprung up these past three months. I’m including things like how well I slept, what I ate, how much water I am drinking throughout the day, exercise and daily steps.
Second, I am setting small goals to help get myself back in the game. This summer I would allow “active days” such as hiking, playing with the dog (for 30+ minutes straight), swimming, etc. replace a workout. Now I am setting the goal of 4 workouts a week plus at least one active day. This will get tremendously easier when I start teaching workout classes regularly in September, so I may increase the goal.
Third, I am going back to planning my meals each day. During the chaos of summer I was often on the road or running around when meal times hit. While I tried to make the best choices I could given the options in front of me, it wasn’t always enough. Now I am thinking through breakfast the night before, making sure I have all necessary ingredients. On the walk home from my morning shift I will think about lunch options, and dinner will start being planned in the afternoon, leaving time to cook, prep, or even run to the store for missing ingredients. Also I will stock the house with healthy snacks so I can avoid running down the street for some fro-yo mid-afternoon.
**Side note, there was one day this summer my sister and I had fro-yo for breakfast. Seriously, we were the first customers of the day and they were in awe of our breakfast choice.**
Sometime you just have to let life happen. We can’t always be perfect. Maybe traumatic events occur, causing us to focus on things other than ourselves. Sometimes you just have to let loose. The most important thing to remember is that you are worth it. Worth the healthy food and the splurges, worth the hard workouts and the couch time. Mental health is important too! Try to follow an 80/20 lifestyle, choosing healthy options 80% of the time, but allowing for 20% “slip-ups”. When you are motivated and feeling good push to 90/10! Maybe even 95/5! But know that you aren’t a failure if you slide back to a 70/30 lifestyle.