It happens to all of us at some point. We’re going along, chipping away at our healthy lifestyle goals, and then life throws us a major (or even minor) curveball and we feel totally derailed. Maybe your work schedule changed (no more morning power walks), you’re dealing with an injury or illness, or you’re going through a rough patch in your relationship. Any of these situations can force you to change your healthy eating and fitness patterns.
Humans generally don’t like change because we’re creatures of habit. We find comfort in our rituals and that’s totally OK. The trick is to find new habits and routines when life gives us lemons. Our immediate response to a change in our schedule may be, “Oh no, I can’t cook dinner anymore because I have to take my son to Little League.” This change could possibly lead you to pick up fast food on the way home from the baseball game and that would be a completely rational thing to do. BUT—it is not your only option. Being healthy for the long haul means being resilient in challenging times. It can be tough, but try to look at life’s upheavals as opportunities to challenge yourself and do things in a different way. So, maybe you can’t cook your family dinner on baseball nights, but that might lead you to get up earlier to cook, or to try using a slow cooker, thereby learning a new kitchen skill.
Here’s to making lemonade out of the lemons we’re given and to staying strong and healthy even when the path is not so clear.