First off, there is really no such thing as “getting off track” or “back on track” when healthy living is your lifestyle. Every treat meal, time taken off from the gym, lazy day, etc. is all just part of the balancing act. After a holiday, vacation or extra relaxing weekend in which I ate more and worked out less than usual, I use this 4 Step Fool-Proof Plan to get back into my routine. This seriously works every time for me!
Here are the 4 steps I take (and the order I complete them in) to get back in the swing of things!
4 STEP FOOL-PROOF PLAN:
1. SPARK MOMENTUM WITH A SIMPLE TO-DO LIST
Start your day by making a to-do list but the first 3 items should be tasks you can complete in just a few minutes. This trick is all about momentum. When you accomplish a few things, you ignite the fire to continue achieving. Check, check, check on the to-do list first thing in the AM and you’re onto bigger and better things.
Examples of these simple tasks include: making the bed, unloading dishwasher, washing kitchen counters, picking up downstairs, popping in a load of laundry…. this kickstarts momentum and helps me complete “bigger” items.
2. INCREASE YOUR LIQUID INTAKE (lemon water!)
This is a reduce the bloat and feel good tip. If you’re like me, you enjoy treats and you may be reading this list because you’d done exactly that recently. No biggie! Today, focus on drinking a little extra water. This will help flush out the toxins and extra fluid (from the sodium) your body may be holding onto today.
Personally, I like to add in lemon water… actually my fav right now is lemon water with strawberries infused. This acts as a natural diuretic to further help reduce the bloat.
3. UTILIZE THE CARBS YOU ATE… LIFT
Another “if you’re like me” scenario… if you’re like me, you love carbs. And you ate quite a lot recently. And again, no biggie! Don’t sweat it but instead, put the carbs to work… LIFT! Those carbs are sitting as glycogen which our bodies can utilize as energy like during a weight training workout. You may notice you’re even stronger and more energized in the gym today, so get at it!
Bonus Points if you use today’s workout from the Weight Training Plan!
4. HEALTHY MEALS x3
To get back in the flow with my normal eating, I have a hack I use for healthy meals. I buy 3 meals from my favorite healthy eatery. This is like a short cut meal prep. It allows me to have healthy meals on hand without the hassle of cooking. If you’re up for it… go ahead and make the meals yourself!
To share a few examples… I may go to Zoe’s Kitchen and order shrimp kabobs, chicken kabobs and a chicken salad to kickstart my normal eating routine. Sometimes I’ll go to Whole Foods and use their hot bar to put together 3 meals. It’s a fool-proof way to slide back into it your eating routine with less work.