Ahhh, the Monday after Thanksgiving. Struggle city over here! And speaking of struggles, the struggle is constant for me when it comes to staying in a healthy routine, especially after a season of eating and drinking (aka the holidays – #somuchturkey!). I’ve found that the maximum amount of time I can make something work is usually a month. Why does this happen every single time?! Well, I think I’ve finally had some kind of epiphany. Taking on too much or trying to make too many changes at one time always seems to be a recipe for disaster, so here is my best advice on making some small changes that’ll have a positive impact on your health. Plus, help to finally create a sustainable routine.
Focusing on one meal a day
I can get really intimidated by all the meal planning and hours spent preparing for the week ahead, which means when Sunday rolls around I talk myself out of it. To avoid becoming overwhelmed (and thinking about quitting before I even start) I think it can be more effective to just think about one meal at time. So maybe just focusing on breakfast for the first week – a spinach omelette or a healthy smoothie. This way you don’t make a ton of food in advance that just goes bad in the fridge.
Getting your body moving
I don’t know about you guys, but when I decide to focus on my health I usually start off by saying I’m going to work out five days a week or more, but really, who am I kidding? When you’re currently working zero days a week, I think any movement is better than none. So, instead of over promising yourself, start by just walking during your lunch break or taking the dog for a walk. Something simple (and enjoyable!) that won’t make you want to skip it, but also makes you feel like you’re making progress.
Limit the cocktails
One of the best ways to start feeling healthier is to limit the happy hours and glasses of wine in the evening throughout the week. I know, it’s much easier said than done, especially when your friends and coworkers are egging it on! But to get into a new routine, use the time you’d usually spending cocktailing to go to a gym or to go home and make yourself dinner instead of eating out. This might feel like a big sacrifice, so to avoid feeling like there’s too much change too fast, don’t go cold turkey. If you usually hit up happy hour after work three times a week, cut down to two and see how the change starts to feel.
Find a friend who wants to make changes too
Some people prefer doing things solo, but I like to find a friend (or S.O.) who might want to make the same kind of changes as me. Things just seem a little easier when there’s someone to talk to about wins, losses and just creating an overall healthier lifestyle. Plus, when the motivation is lacking, having someone to kick me into high gear is always helpful.
Making changes to your lifestyle can be tough, but it’s worth it to create a new, healthy routine.
What are your tips for getting back into a healthy routine after the holidays?