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I recently spent a weekend in Toronto for the holidays. On the way there, I wrote a blog post about how I had all these healthy strategies for success and the workouts I was going to do, the nutrition I was going to follow….
That post never got published, because those behaviors never happened.
I had zero time to behave the way I wanted to. My food, workouts and sleep all pretty much sucked from the moment I got there. I ate the healthy snacks I came with (see my hard boiled eggs I smuggled into Canada?), then proceeded to enjoy a boozy, ketchup chip encrusted weekend of fun and social merry.
And you know what?
It’s A-okay by me.
Yes, if I behaved that way every day, I’d look much different than I do now, but I don’t! In fact, I eat really well on a daily basis, workout 6 days a week and sleep like a champ every single night. So if I decide to behave differently for 4.5 days of road tripping back to TO, that’s okay. It’s not my normal.
Behaviors are powerful things. They are the unconscious choices you make every single day, which in combination, reflects how you look and feel right this second. Right now, as I sit here in my pjs, I look and feel pretty damn good (okay, minus the bed head). I’ve only been back 2 days, but I’ve already restocked the fridge, prepped meals, and I’m about to get ready for my second workout of the week. I’m right back into my normal.
Last weekend I ate 3 family size large bags of ketchup chips (almost entirely on my own), had wine with lunch and dinner almost every day (and some post-dinner, too), and slept sporadically at best. I didn’t even bring my workout clothes and I spent the majority of my day on my butt, drinking wine and visiting loved ones.
And it was awesome.
It was also something I rarely get the chance to do, so I didn’t spend much time feeling bad about it.
What you do on a daily basis is a reflection of how you look and feel, right this second. Not the boozy, chip crusted once-a-year-visit back home. It’s what you do every single mundane, nondescript day of your life that counts.
And once you identify those behaviors, you’re halfway there to changing them.
Do you feel bad if your healthy habits are derailed on vacation?