I recently took a quick vacation in which I had every intention of “staying on track” with my food, but alas, life and fun happened and those things took over and eating took a back seat.
I’m not mad about it or stressed, that’s not why I’m writing this. I’m writing this because I want to explain my process for getting back on track after a setback. And even though I have been eating healthy for over 2 years, I feel like a newbie as I have only been doing low carb/high fat for just over a month.
So, while some might think it is easy for me to just starting up with healthy eating again, it is really a different experience now that I feel like a newbie with my new style of eating.
With all that said, here is what I have been doing and feeling.
Like I said at the beginning of this post, I wasn’t mad or stressed out about not staying on track. Why? Because I am cutting myself a little slack, I’m human, and I am not perfect.
We need to be patient with ourselves! Especially with our health. A healthy body does not form overnight and we can also not ruin all of our hard work towards health with one bad meal or a few missed workouts. A vacation or just a few days away from your regularly scheduled life are no need to stress or have anxiety over. Instead, come home, and just start back into your routine as best you can. It might not be perfect at first, but overtime, you will get to where you were before you took your break.
For me, I have now been home for 3 days and I’m still tweaking my food a little here and there. I haven’t had a “perfect” day yet either and I don’t know when I will. I’m not stressing though, a lot of the learning process is just in the day to day journey and I realize that so I’m embracing this time as I figure things out.
With patience we also need to remember what we have learned before getting off track.
Getting off track and then trying to return to the path means you have a little experience under your belt. Use it to your advantage! Maybe you made some mistakes when you were just starting out, this time around, though, you already know what not to do in those circumstances. So, while you may feel as though you are starting from square one all over again, remember the lessons your learned and build from there.
For me, I went right back into eating very similar meals as I was before I left on vacation. These meals were meals that I tracked and knew worked for me. Not having to think so much about every single food I am eating at every meal makes getting back on track not as daunting of a task. I was able to skip over the learning process of what a nutritious low carb/high fat meal looked like for me and now I can work on other things.
Getting back on track is not always easy. In fact, it is usually easier to just keep doing what we are already doing. Change takes effort. Most of us don’t want to put in effort unless we know we are going to get a good return on it. I remember how good I started to feel after starting to eat low carb/high fat and I’m holding on to that feeling as I transition back. Because of this feeling, I want to put in the effort, I want to put in the work that it takes because I know how freakin’ awesome I am going to feel in a week or so. Is there a feeling you felt when you were eating healthy and moving your body? If you can hold on to that and work on getting to that point again, it might help when getting back on the healthy train again.
Remember this, falling off the healthy train is easy because temptation is all around us, and getting back to healthy is hard because everything around us is telling us to do otherwise. Be patient with yourself, work on small habits that will get you back to where you were before but also be mindful of the mistakes you already made and use that knowledge to hopefully make things easier this time around.
You KNOW how good healthy feels, that’s the biggest advantage of having been there before. Remember that feeling you had before you took a few days off and use that to drive you back to that spot again.
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