Getting healthy takes time. It’s funny, because when you were born, you had someone else to make sure you were healthy. As you grow to be an adult, there should be people in your life to make sure you are eating the right foods and staying healthy. Yet once you’re an adult, the burden falls on you to make healthy food and lifestyle choices.
As you try to lose weight, stress will come into your life. It’s important to understand how to keep on your weight-loss plan when the times get tough. For most of us, there will be tough times. It is the rare person who sails through their weight-loss or weight maintenance experience with no difficult situations popping up. I know that’s true for me.
When I was losing weight we had several family issues come up that required a lot of my time and energy. In past weight-loss attempts, I would have found it easy to quit “dieting” and revert to my old habits, but this time I didn’t.
In thinking back over the last 13 years of maintenance, I can’t think of a single year where we didn’t have something difficult happen, whether it was financial challenges or other issues. Dealing with those things also took a lot out of me, but I still took the time to take care of my health.
In fact, I found it easier to deal with the big issues when I was in better health. It could be because I wasn’t turning to my previous stress release – chocolate, which made me feel better temporarily, but did nothing to improve whatever situation I was dealing with at the time. Even when I was actively losing weight, I realized that by taking the time to exercise and prepare healthy meals, I was able to handle those stressful times a little better.
The exercise helped me during those times because it got me out of the house for 30 minutes by myself. Studies show that exercise is a stress reliever. Eating healthy was a good thing because healthy foods provide our bodies with good fuel – not cloggy fuel like my chocolate did. I’m not perfect, and there were times where everything fell apart! But, the more I worked at it, the more I appreciated the benefits of taking time for myself during challenging life situations.
What about you? When work, family or other obligations start gobbling up your time and energy more than normal what do you do? I’d encourage you to stick to your weight-loss plan, focus on eating healthy, nourishing foods and take time every day to exercise and workout.