by Laura Krebs-Holm, MS RD LD
We are weeks into the new year! Many of us made some resolutions as the clock struck midnight on Dec. 31st, but some may find that their plans have been derailed already. Maybe you wanted to get your rest, exercise more, eat healthier, actually start flossing, or my personal favorite, drink enough water. You started off strong that first week of 2014, now you haven’t worked toward your resolution goal in the past 5 days.
Life can get in the way of even the best laid plans. Maybe you got sick, or work became really hectic. And then you couldn’t make a healthy dinner, couldn’t get to the gym, forgot your water bottle, and lost sleep.
For many, this is where the New Year goals end. We fall back into our old patterns, and suddenly, it’s April and we’re burning the midnight oil, living off coffee, not packing a fresh salad for lunch.
But just because you’ve gone for a few days without working toward your goal, don’t despair! The good news is that you can get back in the saddle. And you can start today.
“Aack!” you may say, “My calendar is booked solid! I can’t get back in the saddle TODAY! I can start again tomorrow. Promise.” Not so fast. You may not be able to squeeze in a trip to the gym, but what about a little longer walk with the dog tonight? And let’s take a water break in 15 minutes. How about lights out at 10 pm? Maybe pick up a few ingredients for a yummy soup and salad dinner tonight, rather than take out? Do what you can today to get back on track with your goals.
Yes, you can get back in the gym and eat your Wheaties tomorrow. And we hope you do! But the important part of getting back in the saddle is to take a small step today, and make those daily small steps part of your daily routine.
Adrien Paczosa is a Registered and Licensed Dietitian practicing in Austin, Texas and the surrounding counties.
She is the owner and founder of I Live Well Nutrition her Dietitian practice which started in 2007 and serves clients in the Austin, Texas area in two locations. Fearless Practitioners, the division of her business that offers training to dietitians and wellness professionals.