Dear That Clean Life,
I was eating clean with That Clean Life and was feeling great about myself consistently for two months (which to me felt like enough time that it had become routine). Eating clean also had me more motivated to be more active - getting myself to the gym, spending time outside, and overall just feeling great about myself.
This lasted until late last month when I was in an accident. Then it all fell apart. I wasn't able to exercise, or get around much. I had to rely on other people for meals or just eat something pre-made. Exercise as I knew it was out of the question. I started feeling kind of low, I wasn't able to work, and all the progress and commitment I had made was gone in my mind.
I'm starting to recover and I've even been given the go ahead to start doing some light exercise. I feel like I can get back on the healthy lifestyle wagon. I just want to feel as good as I felt about myself two months ago! But I feel like I am starting from square one and it's really overwhelming. Any advice?
Sorry to hear about your accident. I can only imagine the set back. I know that once you are off the healthy eating wagon it can seem impossible to get back on. I can relate to that internal battle when one part of you knows you need to get back into healthy habits but the other part of you can't bring yourself to actually do it.
But I've got some really good news for you:
You've proven to yourself that you can live a healthy lifestyle. You've done it once and you can do it again.
So really, you aren't back at square one. Those habits that were making you feel so great about yourself before are still somewhere inside of you. Plus, you know how sweet that reward is of feeling happier when you eat healthy. So now it is just a matter of getting back into the swing of things, and it is totally doable. It all comes down to one thing and that is being prepared. So here is my best advice:
#1. Make your meal plan
Pick a day in the very near future to get back on track. How about today? Use today to login to That Clean Life, make a plan and grocery shop. If you aren't able to grocery shop quite yet, try Grocery Gateway. Once you have the plan, take a moment to yourself to really, truly commit to it.
#2. Keep a free day in the near future
Pick a free day so that if anything pops up like 'I want chips" you know you can have them on your free day. (You usually don't even want them anymore by that time!) The first few days are always the hardest because your body tends to keep wanting the things you've been feeding it (especially sugar and carbs) until it is completely out of your system - so try to stick with it. Power through the discomfort and give it a fair shot.
#3. Pick a target to work towards
I find having something to work towards always helps like, "I'm going to be looking feeling great by summer" or, "I'm going to be looking and feeling my best for my best friend's wedding". Use this as a motivator and always keep it in the back of your mind. It makes making healthy decisions a lot easier.
#4. Make it fun
If healthy eating isn't something you enjoy doing, you are a lot less likely to stick to it. So make it fun. Discover delicious recipes, have healthy dinner parties, blast some music in the kitchen. Don't do it because you "should", do it because you want to.
#5. Go easy on yourself
These are some hard times for you. I know it is so easy to get caught up in negative thoughts like "I'm back at square one". But try to forget about the past and just focus on how you are going to be better moving forward. The thing about eating healthy is that no one can do it for, so you have to take into your own hands.
Stop thinking about it and just do it. You've done it once so you know you can do it again! I'm your biggest cheerleader so let's do this!