The holiday season has come and gone along with the sunshine and my motivation.
Around the studio lately it seems that everyone has the same goal. To hit the RESET button on their nutrition, their goals and themselves.
So this morning I posed the question…. HOW?
Today I want to share with you how I hit the reset button in our house.
Whenever the season or the weather shifts it seems that we need to come back to center. Our motivation drifts a bit and we get caught up in the day to day. In this case, the dark and over here in our corner of the world, the never ending snow and or rain have made it so that the only thing I want to do is curl up on the couch and settle in for my next Netflix binge. Of course, while munching away on comfort food.
I have a few key strategies that I always default to when it’s time for me to reign myself back in.
#1) WATER: If my nutrition isn’t on par the downward spiral ALWAYS starts with the fact that I’m not keeping myself properly hydrated. Drinking half of your body weight in ounces per day isn’t always easy. However, when done consistently, I promise it makes all the difference how you feel.
When I’m at this point, I stop trusting the fact that I am filling up my bottle enough times throughout the day and start making myself prove it. I pull out the 101 ounce bottle and that is what I use to fill my cup. I only fill from this so that I know my numbers are accurate. My goal is to drink it all before I go to bed.
#2) VITAMINS: I have a select combination of vitamins that I have been taking for YEARS. Can I tell you something though? I HATE taking pills. Like hands down, I am the WORST at it, and it doesn’t take much to convince me to stop taking them. That being said, I notice a HUGE difference in myself, my cravings and my energy when I am consistently choking them down each and every morning. So, chances are if my habits are starting to turn, I likely ditched the vitamins several days prior.
#3) LOGGING: I have never committed to food logging long term in my life. Truthfully, I don’t plan to. BUT I DO use it as a tool when I feel myself going awry. I pull out my app and I will use it to start planning. I am a creature of habit, so once I get a few days in with good macros numbers I will continue to eat the same thing day in and day out for weeks on end.
#4) PROTEIN: Truth be told: I am a carb girl. You will NEVER 100% convince me to give up grains… but I do know better. And I know that if I’m not being conscious, my tastes will always default to more garlic bread instead of more chicken. So I make sure that I have a protein at every meal and that I only allow myself seconds of protein over breads and such.
Above are MY top strategies and tools for hitting the reset button.
Here are a few other ideas offered up by the tribe:
Drink 8 ounces of water and wait 10 minutes before giving in to the craving
Set specific times of day to eat and only eat inside those times
Create an eating only zone in the house & no eating outside of it
Set the timer to eat slower
Handwrite & journal what you are eating along with your feelings
Go up and down the stairs 5 times before giving in to a craving
Clean out the cupboards and throw out everything that isn’t healthy
Keep all snacks out of sight
Pack up the dinner leftovers before sitting down to eat.
Want something sweet after your meal? Eat a few berries, a clementine or even toss a piece of gum or a few mints in your mouth.
However you decide to, what matters most is that you are hitting this reset button with a commitment to yourself. Without the commitment to yourself, old habits will creep in and falling back into your usual slump will look like a comfortable option. This is where I like being a part of a community that I can bounce ideas off of and grow with. When it comes to nutrition, community isn’t for everyone and that’s totally OK. But, if you think it’s the extra support you need, we have an online group through Facebook called The Fit Mom and both in person and online nutrition meetings here, at Vitality Buffalo. We ‘re here for you whenever you need us!
Cheers to the reset and growing into the best version of yourself possible! When you hit the button and make a stride, leave me a comment or send me a message! I’d love to be a part of your cheering section!
TABITHA SWEENEY is the founder and owner of Vitality Buffalo. Vitality Buffalo is a fitness studio specializing in family friendly fitness.