Retraining My Healthy Habits

by tinareale on June 3, 2013

Good morning! I am back. Finally, huh? I unplugged as much as possible last week to catch up on rest and life after quite an exhausting couple of months. You would think I would have a ton of pictures and stories to recap after a week away, but I really don’t. What did I do? I went to the park with the kids. We had six showings for our house. I reconnected with an old friend (which was so amazing!). We went to physical church instead of listening online for the first time in a few weeks. I slept in every day. Nothing too noteworthy, by any means, but it feels good.

It feels good…mostly because I feel more like myself again. Well, mostly like myself. I still haven’t quite gotten back into my typically solid habits of eating well and working out more regularly. As I posted a couple weeks ago, I simply didn’t have as much time for workouts because life just got in the way. Which I was fine with at the time. Now, things have significantly calmed down but I still struggled way more than I normally would with the motivation to get moving. In fact, I worked out once last week. I also went out to eat something crazy like 5 times last week and would shoot more for convenience than fresh for meals I had at home as well. Not what I like to do for my health.

I’m okay with going that route for a week, when I was so mentally, physically, and emotionally drained. I needed that break. Plus, I know full well a week off routine won’t kill me. What bothers me most, though, is that my healthy habits have seemed to progressively slide to the wayside. Now that I feel well rested and more at peace with life again, I want to nip any motivation problems in the bud and get the mojo flowing again. I don’t want to continue struggling with working out and eating healthfully.

Now that I have confessed my current lack of health zeal, I want to put my game plan in writing. Perhaps it will help me have that oomph to break past this stagnancy I’m in right now?

back to health

Just do the workouts. We leave for the beach Friday (perfect timing to bet back in a groove the week before vacation, huh? ha!). Knowing that, I can plan ahead to when I will be available to work out. I have things planned and I’m ready to stick to them. No excuses.

But make them realistic. In order to make completing the workouts more feasible, I’m shooting for shorter sessions instead of trying to jump right back into a full routine. Thirty minutes, five days a week is a lot more doable sounding of a plan to commit to than an hour every day.

Fresh is easy. Thank goodness it is summer and fresh food abounds. Plus, fresh food is easy. I can toss together large salads which means minimal time cooking in the kitchen. I can grab fruit for snacks, instead of…nothing? I don’t even know what I ate the past few months since my eating was all over the place and I was often too stressed to eat. My point is that now I have stocked up with fresh goods because that will keep me turning to them easily. I would much rather chop a bunch of veggies for a salad than prep and cook a full meal. Maybe that’s just me?

Water! Oh, I need me some more water. I lost like three or four different water bottles with my scattered brain recently. Then, I didn’t have any bottle to tote around with me. I have seriously neglected proper hydration. Couple that with drinking loads of coffee for caffeine or even choosing a diet soda over water sometimes for the caffeine…my water habit needs to kick back into high gear now. Guess I should finally go buy a replacement water bottle, huh?

Continue to sleep. I think I can finally get back to a more steady sleep schedule again. I probably don’t need 10 to 12 hours a night every night anymore. I’m forcing myself to get up at my usual time again (around 5:30 am) so I can go to bed at a more reasonable time again too. No more of this up until at least midnight (probably because of all that caffeine) junk I was doing. Crazy how just a month or so of a skewed sleeping schedule can get so ingrained in your body.

So, those are the five I’m choosing to focus on. What would you focus on in the same situation? Have you ever gone through something similar where you had to “retrain” your healthy habits?


1 Linz @ Itz Linz June 3, 2013 at 6:51 am

GOOD FOR YOU, TINA! i find that when i take a break from working out or eating healthy then all my “healthy” habits tend to slide. not sure why, but itz definitely the case! good for you for making small manageable goals… that will be much easier to get back to it… and remember… nobody’s perfect. if you slip up… ehhhh oh well, try again :) and again :) xoxo

2 Glenneth June 3, 2013 at 6:51 am

Great post Tina! Thanks so much for sharing. I definitely know this is something I struggle with. I get off track very easily and have a hard time getting back on track. I would definitely suggest rewarding yourself as you continue to stay on track. Possibly a new, fun water bottle? Have a great week and then a fantastic vacation!

3 Coco June 3, 2013 at 7:00 am

I’d admire your decision to get back on track the week before your vacation instead of writing off the whole week! I agree that easing back is the best approach!

4 Miz June 3, 2013 at 7:20 am

for me it is ALWAYS that needed first step of more water….

5 Maryea {Happy Healthy Mama} June 3, 2013 at 7:22 am

Yep, I’ve been there. Why is it so much easier to fall out of good habits than getting back into the good habits?! Good luck getting back to your feel good place. :)

6 Amy Lauren June 3, 2013 at 8:07 am

Good luck with the healthy habits. You have a really healthy lifestyle to begin with, so it’s not like you’re going to lose a ton of fitness or gain a bunch of weight or suddenly become unhealthy because of things going on in your life. Really, I appreciate your honesty because this is what makes us human, no one lives and breathes workouts- or at least they shouldn’t. Life happens and we fall out of it, but you will be fine, I bet you’ll return to all your usual habits really quickly anyway.

Have fun on vacation! Nothing beats the beach!

7 Tiff @ Love Sweat & Beers June 3, 2013 at 8:35 am

Ahhh, sleep is my friend! You’ll be back in the swing of things in no time. I’m glad you took some time for yourself.

8 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More June 3, 2013 at 8:58 am

I’m happy you were able to give yourself time to rest, relax and enjoy time with your family. It’s definitely all about balance! I always have to remind myself to drink more water. I’m usually pretty good about drinking it but sometimes when we’re so tired and feel like we just need more caffeine, it’s easy to forget that you haven’t had WATER. I do think having a water bottle (or glass of water) by your side all day is the key to staying hydrated. No losing your water bottle! ;)

9 Tara | Treble in the Kitchen June 3, 2013 at 9:00 am

Good luck with relearning your healthy habits! You are going to do great :) With my wedding in just a month, I am good in the eating healthy, drinking water, and exercising regularly department, but I really need to focus on my sleep. The past 3 nights I have been successful at going to bed early and waking up a bit later…boy does it make a difference!

10 Liz June 3, 2013 at 9:29 am

Good for you for taking the time you need to rest and relax. And I know how frustrating it can be to have healthy habits slide away. Thank you for sharing your struggles – it’s refreshing to know I’m not the only one that deals with this. Thanks for the great tips on how to build the habits back up!

11 Purelytwins June 3, 2013 at 9:30 am

sounds like a great plan to get back into your healthy habits! whenever we get off track with ours we just remind ourselves that each day is a new day, a new day to start over and get back on track :) HUGS

12 Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries June 3, 2013 at 9:48 am

Good for you Tina! It’s hard when you get out of your groove, but with an extra push and determination, it’s definitely do-able!

13 Kim June 3, 2013 at 9:56 am

I’m glad that you were able to take the time you need to be refreshed.
Yes, that whole retraining thing is hard!! I like the very definite plan that you made to help get yourself back on track. I went through a similar struggle with my workouts just a few weeks ago and found that after a few days of just pushing through when I didn’t really want to, I was back in the groove.
Good luck this week!!!

14 Tanya @ Vegan Faith June 3, 2013 at 10:08 am

I can really relate to the need to retrain my body to desire and reach for healthy habits. I have been off “the wagon” if you will for a while and I miss my healthful life. I am joining in with your healthy habits!

15 Laura @ Mommy Run Fast June 3, 2013 at 10:19 am

I’m so glad the craziness is behind you and you can settle down into a routine of normalcy again! I definitely have phases in life where I need to hit the reset button. And often those weeks or days of indulging/eating out/not exercising help me to crave a healthy lifestyle even more because I want to FEEL better, too!

16 tinareale June 4, 2013 at 6:36 am

That is definitely where I am right now!

17 Michelle June 3, 2013 at 11:12 am

I’m definitely in ‘retraining” mode right now — although I’m not pressuring myself with too many expectations at the moment! I’m just trying to get SOME sleep, drink plenty of water, and eating somewhat healthy. Why does nursing make you crave sweets??

18 Jamie @ My Healthful Pursuits June 3, 2013 at 11:28 am

Whoo! Good for you Tina! I love that you wrote this post because I can definitely relate at the moment. Two weeks ago was senior week and last week I was vacationing. Now I am home and so ready to get back on the healthy habits train!

19 Lisa June 3, 2013 at 11:57 am

I love summer! It makes it so much easier to make healthy choices. I had a small party at my house last night and served a caprese appetizer and a watermelon appetizer. Fresh, seasonal fruit is so delicious!

20 Danica @ It's Progression June 3, 2013 at 1:00 pm

I’m so glad your week away from the blog was good for you!! We all need time to catch up, rest, and find ourselves again – it sounded like you really needed that and I hope that you continue to feel better.
I think your goals sound spot on. Writing myself notes around the house (post-its on the fridge, computer, etc.) help me when I’m returning to or starting new healthy habits.

21 Jessica June 3, 2013 at 1:08 pm

Great post to get me motived! I’ve had a crazy few months and everything has slipped away! I had been planning a benefit for my mom that was held last Saturday. (Last August she had a brain aneurysm, followed by a heart attack and 6 strokes 2 weeks later. Medical bills are staggering and my dad hasn’t worked since it happened). It’s time to take care of me!

22 tinareale June 4, 2013 at 6:38 am

Oh, wow. That is a lot to have happened to your mom. I hope she is doing better. And that the benefit helped raise enough to take some financial load off of your parents. What a wonderful thing to organize that for her! Although, I imagine you’re needing some rest now too. :)

23 Kerry @ Half Healthy, Half Nuts June 3, 2013 at 2:20 pm

Today was my “DAY ONE” as well. I’ve taken a far too long break from working out and fitness and today was the day I said “I HAVE to do this for myself!” It’s tough when you have a 4 month old, but it’s a MUST for me. And after my workout this morning I now know what I have been missing in my life!!

24 Traci June 3, 2013 at 3:28 pm

So funny you posted this today. I weighed today for the first time in awhile & I wasn’t happy with what I saw. Granted I know I’ve gained muscle & my clothes still fit but still. I’ve been working out but I’ve been a little too loosey goosey with the eating. Time to get back at it!

25 [email protected] June 3, 2013 at 3:29 pm

Sleep and water are totally key! And ensuring you’re enjoying your workouts to. It’s a great time of year to start eating healthier with all the fresh produce tasting more incredible than ever.

26 Rachel June 3, 2013 at 3:41 pm

I am right there with you! I will be chug chugging my water too! :)

27 Heather @fitncookies June 3, 2013 at 3:43 pm

So proud of you! Life does get in the way, and I’ve had times where the motivation isn’t there. It is much easier to think 30 minutes instead of an hour, or even just start and if you don’t feel like it, then quit. 9/10 times you will not quit! Hope you got a pretty water bottle :) I got a new one a few weeks ago and it is making drinking the water so much easier!

Keep moving along! You are so inspiring and show everyone the possibilities they have!

28 Ericka @ The Sweet Life June 3, 2013 at 5:47 pm

I totally know the feeling you are talking about. But I do think its healthy to have let things slide for awhile. Then, as you get back on track, it feels SO good. I remind myself when I know it will be a rought couple of weeks that it’s good to get out of the motion of everyday life…then getting back to routine will be great and you’ll enjoy those healthy habits more than you used to. I’m sure you will get it together. Don’t stress about it!

29 Amanda @ Diary of a Semi-Health Nut June 3, 2013 at 6:47 pm

Oh goodness I am so with you on all of this!! Moving is nuts! I try to excuse the moving of boxes and constantly being on my feet packing/cleaning as exercise, but I really need to get into a routine! And since I’m on break for school and am moving in two days so no job…I don’t really NEED to get up early. But the BF gets up at 5am so I’d like to train my body to get up early too! Here’s to a fitness reset! :)

30 Meghan @ After the Ivy League June 3, 2013 at 7:14 pm

Something is in the air I tell you, because I have been craving a full week of from working out too. Your body definitely needs a break now and then. Jumping back into your usual routine will feel good in the end though. The first step is the hardest.

31 tinareale June 4, 2013 at 6:39 am

Oh, yes. Sometimes our bodies just need a break. And I find it’s always good to listen. Stinks it can be so hard getting back after that break though. ;)

32 Anna Pollard June 4, 2013 at 7:55 am

Praying for you Tina! I am inspired by your transparency and openness. I am currently in recovery from a mouth surgery and cannot exercise for a week. I am on liquids for two to three weeks. I will have to do light exercise after this week so I am thinking lite bike riding, walks, yoga and pilates. I instantly got down on myself upon hearing this but I remembered honoring your body is multifaceted and that it is important I allow my body to properly heal. This time will also let me experience work outs that I ordinarily would shy away from. Please know you are being prayed for. Praying for restoration, rest and peace for you ma’am!

33 Brittany (Healthy Slice of Life) June 4, 2013 at 8:10 am

I think it’s so normal for excitement about health and fitness to ebb and flow. Usually after a week or so of ebbing, and a few too many pizza nights, I find my motivation kick in and rev up! I’m sure it will happen authentically soon, but in the meantime, great plan :)

34 Amanda @runtothefinish June 4, 2013 at 10:34 am

i love that you are being real because a lot people go through this and need to realize it’s ok and then just take steps to start shifting back. :) glad you are feeling more settled

35 [email protected] June 4, 2013 at 12:03 pm

You rock–such a good example!! And so so real.

I’ve been not getting enough water either, so I am ON THAT.

36 jobo June 4, 2013 at 12:41 pm

welcome back, my friend! glad you took the time you needed!! I think you have exactly the right idea, small managable goals turn into one big rock at the end of the week. back into it, like whoa ;-) For me, I feel like I have a moving hangover from this past weekend! SO TIRED! Got a good night’s sleep last night, finally, and that always, always, helps!!

37 Presley @ Run Pretty June 4, 2013 at 9:50 pm

I always start off with shorter workouts after a break. My brain just couldn’t handle knowing I had a ton of “work” to do after a “vacation”, ya know? haha

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