I hope everyone is having an awesome holiday week!  I took a few days off from everything including writing to recharge and it was exactly what I needed.

Except I didn’t want to get back to writing this morning.  You see I was going to write something on Tuesday but it was Christmas Eve and I decided not to.  Then I took Christmas off but I figured I would get back on track on Thursday.  Then Thursday felt like a good day to rest and do nothing so that didn’t happen.  Now it’s Friday and this is the last thing I feel like doing.

Sound familiar?  I was a reading a book about how people are able to put up 15+ pounds in a year even the people who always swore “I will never be fat.”  It has to do with the gradual pace at which it happens.  There is never a point where your weight jumps 5 pounds overnight and you feel like you have to do something ASAP.  Its a half pound here and there that slowly add up to 10, 15, or 20+ pounds over the course of a year.  That slow build allows us to skip the something needs to change moment and just continue on with our lives.

You can also use this gradual build to your favor.  If you are coming off a layoff or trying to build a new habit, don’t sign up for the unlimited package.  Start by committing to the lowest amount of commitment that you know you can do.  If your goal is to start reading more often, let’s start with 2 days a week (not every single day)  Put in the work in consistently every week for your planned days days.  It’s OK if you feel like you can handle a little more – leave yourself feeling like you are leaving a little meat on the bone and not the other way around.  When we go for reading every single day, we created 7 days a week where we can feel like we are failing which then will lead to us giving up all together.  Instead when we start with 2 days, we will easily hit our goal.  Who knows?  You may even choose to read 3 days that week.  3 days when you are aiming for 2 is overachieving, 3 days when you are aiming for 7 is complete failure.

Let’s put this into an actionable items for you and me.  If you are anything like me, you have been eating and drinking the last 3-4 days.  I hope that if you chose this route that you truly enjoyed it and did not feel guilty at all – having time off from eating health is important to create a little balance.  The difference between being the person that puts on 15 pounds in 2020 and the person who gets back on track is really small.  As I mentioned during Thanksgiving, it is not the 1 meal, 1 day, or even 1 week that messes us up.  It is when that week turns into a month and then the month turns into 2 months, then 3 months, then it turns into a year.

So if you are like me and have been eating poorly and see New Years on the horizion as a barrier to getting back to eating health, here are 3 simple steps to start cleaning your food back up.

  1.  Hydrate!  Start drinking a lot of water, it will help keep you full and hydrated after all those drinks and cookies.
  2.  Stop at the grocery store and buy a ton of veggies.  It doesn’t matter if your meals are healthy or not, just make sure every meal has 2 handfuls of veggies to go along with it.
  3.  Get moving and working out.  This one is psychological.  We are much more likely to eat healthier when we are putting in some work.  We don’t want to “waste” our hard work.  Also if you are eating like shit, working out can actually combat it on the short term (1-2) weeks.  This means you can outwork a bad diet for a week or so but after that the bad diet will win over the hard workouts.

Small goals will set you up for big success.