As a fitness and wellness blogger, I preach working out, healthy living, balance, and well, overall wellness on a daily basis. I share my tips and tricks for meal prep, getting workouts in around busy work schedules, favorite workouts or classes I think you all should try, and ideas surrounding self-care, mental grounding, and more. Today, though, I have a confession for you all, and truth be told it’s a pretty hard one for me to admit – but recently (since the holidays) I have not been living my healthiest life and I have definitely not been living the lifestyle I hope to inspire and motivate you all to live. This is really important for me to share with you all because (1) it is more than okay that sometimes life gets in the way (and trust me it happens to the best of us) and (2) I want to share my plan for getting back on track in the coming weeks.
I’ve missed workouts (lots of them). I’ve been making a lot of excuses to justify to myself while I’ve been skipping so many workouts. These excuses range from “I just need this extra 20 minutes of sleep”, “I’m on vacation/away for the weekend so it doesn’t count”, and “Eh, it’s just upper body day, what difference does it make”. To get back on track I am signing up for 7 a.m. classes all week to force myself back into a routine with a little financial accountability (I mean, it is so much harder to skip a workout that you’ve paid for). I know my body, and myself, and once I force this habit back in place I will be jumping out of bed each morning to get my pre-office workout in. This means no using this week’s jetlag as an excuse!
I’ve had wayyy too many drinks. I love going out to dinner and enjoying a drink (or two) over a meal. Recently, however, way too many meals out have meant way too many weeknight drinks. While I see nothing wrong with enjoying some drinks with dinner over the weekend, drinking like this during the week is a habit I need to snap put of, so for the next two weeks I’m going to cut out all alcohol to let my body detox and get back to a state of healthier normalcy.
My eating has been all over the place, and probably has involved more tacos & French fries than vegetables and lean proteins. As I mentioned above, I have been eating way too many meals out (like three meals a day) and this is a routine that needs to be broken. I personally have trouble turning down menu items such as tacos, burgers, pizza, and meat and cheese plates for healthier items when I eat out, but I have no trouble eating clean and healthier when I cook at home. So, tomorrow I am going to do a serious shopping trip at Whole Foods and set myself up for the next few days with healthy meal and snack options.
I have not been getting enough sleep. Well, duh. When I spend all of my nights out at dinners, having a few drinks, and then hitting snooze for 45 minutes each morning I am not letting my body get the good solid rest that it deserves. This week I am setting a bedtime and wake up schedule to keep my body on track and to make sure that I am getting at least 7 hours of sleep per night. So, if you see my playing around on Instagram after 10:30 p.m. PLEASE call me out.
And I have not been treating myself with the respect I deserve. I have been getting super frustrated with myself, engaging in too much negative self-talk, not taking the time I need for mindfulness or self-care, and also just disrespecting my body and myself through everything I discussed above. This week, and the coming weeks, I am re-focusing on practicing what I preach and instilling all these positive and powerful habits back in my life. That means daily reflection and meditation, positive self-talk, talking time for myself each day, and getting back to the fitness and healthy eating routine my body needs (and deserves).