This week I wanted to talk about something near and dear to my heart because it took me years to learn this lesson. What lesson am I talking about - what to do when I stumble or struggle with my healthy eating/diet goals.
To start, let's paint the picture of how I operated for years. Even with the best of intentions, a few weeks into a new diet, I would fall off track. Maybe it was a surprise dinner, a stressful day that led to bad food choices, a happy hour that turned into a night out, or just cravings I couldn't resist. Whatever it was, I would cave, and then I would let the floodgates open. Having failed in my mind, I would decide just to throw in the towel and start all over the next week. I can't tell you how many weeks this happened and how many extra pounds I packed on.
Then one day I was talking about this to a friend and she said this - "If you accidentally dropped your cell phone and it cracked a little in the corner, would you immediately throw it down over and over until the whole screen broke." Of course I laughed and said no. Then she continued, "Well this is exactly what you are doing when with your diet. If you indulge for one meal, don't ditch your whole diet. Instead eat healthier the next day and work out a little longer. Get back on the wagon and keep going. One meal won't ruin everything if you don't let it."
And she couldn't be more right. This is normally the time that I end up slipping up, but this time instead of waiting for another Monday, I just get back on track. I try to make the next few meals extra healthy and try to fit in some extra workout time. Long term success is about balance and moderation and sometimes you are going to want to eat things off your plan. When you, don't give up, just adjust and get back on track at your next meal.
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Here are some highlights from this week’s healthy meal plans:
- Slow Cooker Sweet and Spicy Chicken
- Slow Cooker Tomato, Basil, and Quinoa Stew (vegetarian plan)
- Skillet Vegetable Lasagna (made with zucchini for low carb)
- Broiled Flank Steak with Tomato Basil Salad
- Cripsy Pork
- Mexican Brown Rice Salad with Black Beans and Corn (vegetarian plan)
- Turkey and Black Bean Tostadas
- Banana Quinoa and Chia Muffins
- Oatmeal Protein Pancakes
- Honey Salmon and Vegetables
- & more
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