is falling off track normal?
FALLING OFF TRACK – why does it happen to me every time I try to get my life together? Why does it feel like habit change is SO hard and that I can’t seem to stick to anything?
IS THIS NORMAL? YES!
WHY DOES IT HAPPEN?!
1. We set ourselves up with unrealistic expectations and expect nothing less than perfection.
No matter how hard you try, perfection still isn’t going to be a thing. Like, not ever. Sooooo…
2. We don’t think long-term.
Following a “lifestyle plan” that requires you to become a hermit to adhere to the plan when you love nothing more than being social and enjoying dinner with your friends? Yeah, that’s going to last about a minute. If you are only shortsighted, thinking of what you want NOW, you’ll be hard-pressed to “stay on the train” when you remember you have a life.
3. When we make foods good/bad and OFF LIMITS.
Seeing foods as only good or bad or, even worse, as a sign of YOU being good or bad is asking for trouble. Not only does this create a very unhealthy relationship with food, but is destined to leave you rolling around in donuts the minute you take one bite; feeling guilty and worthless.
4. When we don’t plan ahead for LIFE.
Real talk here: no matter your goal, if you passively sit by and hope you can make the right choices when you are starving or exhausted you’ll be severely disappointed.
Changing your diet, lifestyle, exercise habits, sleep habits, you name it, requires effort, planning ahead and consistently working around roadblocks.
HOW TO PREVENT AND
REDUCE FALLING OFF TRACK
1. Be realistic.
Like, actually realistic. Not the standards you think you should be meeting. Exercising 2 hours a day (or even every day if you currently don’t exercise) or having 1200 cals a day are very likely not realistic, and also not healthy.
2. Think long-term.
Is this sustainable long-term? Will this add to my ability to have food and exercise NOT consume my life? Will this add to my freedom eventually and become a lifestyle I can not only sustain but enjoy? Check here for more on this.
3. Work new habits into your life, instead of picking up your life and placing it in the middle of new habits.
Time after time I have seen clients who have started a lifestyle change in the past by completely changing up their whole lifestyle. While it can feel good and refreshing for a little while, that typically leads to burnout and faster reverting to your old lifestyle. INSTEAD: SLOWLY work new habits into YOUR lifestyle, one at a time. If you want to eat healthier, start by making a better choice when you go out to eat. Then find one recipe that really excites you and replace one day of eating out or having junk with this new recipe. Have a burger occasionally when it’s worth it (see #6), realize the world isn’t ending and then have a great breakfast and meals the next day that make you feel good.
PSA: Nutrition is 70-80% of your health. While exercise is important and can be fabulous and life-changing, if you’re debating where to start – start with nutrition and get more steps in during your day.
4. Start slow.
Seriously. SLOOOOOOOOOW. It. is. not. a. race.
5. See foods as just food. All food has a place in a healthy lifestyle.
While some foods are less healthy than others, they all can have a place in a healthy lifestyle because sometimes you just need a glass of wine with your girlfriends or a burger and fries to celebrate an anniversary!
6. Use theWorth It Principle.
To borrow a philosophy from Melissa Hartwig, enter: the worth it principle. When confronted with a temptation, ask yourself “is this worth it?”. Seems like a simple question, yes? You have to take into account all the positive and negative aspects of indulging.
-First, ask “do I really want this?” You may find that even if it’s something you usually love or a special occasion, you don’t really want that glass of wine or chocolate. If you find you do really want this, ask if it’s worth it after taking into account all the aside effects. If it bloats you for a few days or makes you groggy, it may not be worth it. Or it may. Totally depends on the situation. But the most important thing is to be honest. Lying to yourself or not truly thinking about it just leads to guilt and regret if you realize it wasn’t worth it and you had it anyways.
7. Acknowledge when you’ve fallen off track.
Know that it’s part of the process and skip the phase where we get down on ourselves and upset that we fell off track and dig a deeper hole. Just acknowledge it and any frustration you have along with it, but don’t dwell in that place. Take action to get back to your normal routine.
8. Learn from when you do fall off track.
If we don’t learn from when we DO fall off track (stressed, vacation, working late, finals week, etc.) that roadblock will continue to stop us until the end of time. Let’s not do that 🙂 Instead, hindsight is 20/20 so use that to your advantage! Figure out (without judgement) where things went astray and plan ahead for what you’ll do when it happens again. It always does!
9. Plan ahead.
Do a stupid amount of planning ahead. WAY overkill. Yes, I’m serious! You will be so prepared that when you get hungry you’ll have a few snack options or have already identified some good on-the-go choices, or you’ll already have a spare gym bag in your car for when you don’t get a chance to stop home first or when you’re rushed in the morning.
“She who fails to plan ahead, fails to achieve her goals.”— THE BALANCED BODY.
10. Set weekly goals following this method.
YOU CAN DO THIS! STARTING IS THE HARDEST PART BUT ONCE YOU GAIN MOMENTUM YOU’LL FIND IT’S MUCH LESS WORK TO CONTINUE ON IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION. EVEN IF YOU JUST MAKE SMALL CHANGES, YOU ARE MOVING IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION.
YOU ARE POWERFUL.
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Hi Friends!! My name is Corin and I am the face behind the balanced body!
My mission is to take the confusion out of losing weight, gaining control of your health, and understanding how to listen to your body. I want to help change the idea that something as precious and complicated as our body can be changed in a simple minute or treated as if it’s a problem that needs to be fixed. A balanced body is one that doesn’t obsess over what goes in and doesn’t exercise to the point we can’t do stairs for like, a week.
It IS possible to live a healthy life, at a healthy weight, with a healthy mindset and mental attitude without obsessing and it consuming your life. It’ll take work, but you’re not afraid of a little hard work, right? This is the greatest and most rewarding journey you’ll ever take and we are in this ride together, babe!!
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