I don’t know about you all, but this time of year is just crazy for us.
My oldest daughter is graduating from college in a couple of weeks, my second daughter is finishing up her Freshman year, my oldest son is frantically trying to prepare for his upcoming ACT and finish his math so he can have a break this summer, and the four other little boys have end-of-the-year activities, competitions, concerts, and more.
Here is my oldest daughter receiving the Academic Excellence Medal in Engineering for her university. (A little mom brag here. 🙂 )
It is certainly busy, busy, busy. My husband and I have to coordinate our calendars carefully to make sure that the right people end up at the right place at the right time!
So what happens to my commitment to healthy eating and living a healthy lifestyle when life gets super busy?
Well, in the past, I would let the crazy schedule be an excuse to “fall off” my diet plan, eat fast food because I didn’t have time to cook, and any thought of exercise would fly right out of the window.
And predictably, those busy times would also be times where I gained more weight, became even more unfit, and felt guilty over my lack of willpower.
Fortunately, a busy life does not have to result in weeks of fast food, no exercise, and a general lack of concern for all things healthy.
I learned a lot of things during my years of weight maintenance, and one of the most important lessons I learned was to let nothing be an excuse for “falling off the wagon.” Not busy times, not rainy weather, not tragedy, not stressful situations – nothing.
Now, I’ll be the first to tell you that committing to that is not always easy. In fact, it can be quite difficult because when life gets busy, our first inclination is to fall back into old food and lifestyle habits. That’s what always seemed to happen to me.
It took me a lot of practice to not let the busy times dictate whether or not I would stay on the healthy lifestyle path. Even though we are super busy, we have not gone out to eat at all, I still find time to exercise first thing in the morning, and I have not served the kids hot dogs or chicken nuggets!
What I have done is this:
I plan ahead as much as possible.
When John and I compare those busy calendars, I also plan what food will look like for that day. If we have to be at an event at 6:00 – we eat an early dinner and then I offer the little kids a healthy snack either at the event or when we get home. If we are going to be out for any length of time, I pack what we need in advance so I’m not caught unaware and feel any temptation to “swing by Chick-fil-A.”
For me, eating healthy and exercising in the midst of a busy time not only keeps me healthy and fit, but also helps relieve the stress I naturally feel when life is crazy. It almost helps me stay grounded, if that makes any sense.
So if you have busy times coming up or are in the midst of one right now – I want to encourage you to plan ahead so that you can keep moving forward with your goals and not stagnate or fall behind.
What do you do with regards to your healthy eating and lifestyle plan when your life gets busy? Any tips? Diane