When it comes to maintaining healthy eating and living habits, it’s often easier said than done for a variety of reasons. We all encounter these reasons from time to time.
- The week was so full, that I didn’t have time to shop for and prepare healthy meals.
- Stress got the best of me today and I caved in to a craving.
- I didn’t want to interrupt my work to fix something healthy, so I snacked instead.
- I was too tired to cook by the time I got home from work, so I picked up fast food.
Are you tired, short on time, stressed, or so focused on something you’re doing that you aren’t taking good care of yourself lately? It happens.
The point of our talking about this, is to step back for a moment and notice when we’re off track. A day or two here and there, for most of us, won’t hurt much, but back sliding for a week or more can have a noticeable and cumulative effect.
It’s not easy to step back from a bad habit, so let’s do it together.
I’ll go first… I’ve been off track lately. My life has been so busy, that even when I’ve taken the time to shop and cook, I haven’t taken the time to sit down and have relaxing healthy meals. Snacking along the way, eating too late in the evening, and not getting enough down time or sleep.
Now it’s your turn. Where are you feeling off track from where you would like to be?
Our lives are sometimes too busy or rushed or full. Sometimes we don’t get enough sleep. Sometimes there are increased demands we must meet. Sometimes we’re emotionally stirred up by our relationships. These are all stressors that can throw our best intentions off-kilter. It happens.
Sometimes we act on impulse. Sometimes we’re doing our best just to get through the day. It happens.
There’s no right or wrong, only what fits and feels good on the inside, and what doesn’t.
Getting back on track isn’t about judging or criticizing anyone or anything, it’s just about catching your breath. Take this time, as we connect through this post, to breathe. Let the noise of the day pass. Let it melt away. Given the chance, there’s nothing that can’t be said or done differently tomorrow.
Our best intentions for maintaining healthy habits are challenged when we’re tired, stressed, or short on time. It’s true. But feeling good and living well is something we value, and that’s why we’ve taken these few moments to notice ourselves, and remember that sometimes it’s easier said than done.
Wishing you ease.
May you be blessed with good health, and may your life be a blessing.