There’s a lot of time spent on this blog talking about an all or nothing mentality and I know it’s a tough one to get past. Just recently, I was reminded of my own struggle with this concept as I worked through yet another injury – a broken foot. Yes, I’m officially a klutz, tripping over myself walking out my front door. (I’m telling people it happened rock climbing in Peru, it’s much sexier).
When an injury or any other legitimate circumstance takes us out of our every day routine, it’s easy to let other areas of our healthy lifestyle slip as well. For me, that can sometimes mean over eating, or at the very least eating food that’s easier and more convenient (try preparing dinner on one leg), which can translates into high fat, high carbohydrate.
The problem is, when I become lethargic about moving my body, I usually get the same way about the food I eat – and how much I eat. Conversely, when I begin to overeat, which often makes me feel lethargic; I don’t feel much like moving my body. Throwing in the towel on both healthy eating AND physical activity is a sure recipe for weight gain.
Years ago, a wise sage of Green Mountain fame told me to always remember that if you’re hanging on to one of the prongs of healthy living (healthy eating, movement and positive attitude), you haven’t thrown in the towel. You haven’t given up. You’re still being successful.
So, you’ll excuse me while I go do a few push up’s against my dresser…and think good thoughts.