“A bend in the road is not the end of the road, unless you fail to make the turn.”
O.K. So we’ve probably all been there at one time or another in our lives…you are doing everything right. You’re eating the right foods, drinking your water, exercising, but it seems like no matter what we do, the scale just doesn’t want to budge. Or, you are fighting with the same 3-5 pounds every week that just won’t seem to GO AWAY (or stay away)!
Some call it a plateau. I call it a rut.
I am currently in a rut. I eat the same things every day. I do the same program on the treadmill (on the rare occasion I actually turn it on…LOL!). And while those things might be comfortable because they are habit, they do nothing for my desire for something, anything, different. I am bored with oatmeal and yogurt for breakfast. I’m bored with carrot sticks. I’m bored with my treadmill routine. I’m bored overall.
And let me tell you, boredom can be the death of a healthy lifestyle. Nothing tempts me to overeat or indulge too much like boredom. Honestly, if I let myself have a little peanut butter everyday, I might not have been so tempted by the jar and large spoon I sat down with today…
Consistent weight loss (or weight management once you’ve hit your goal) is so much easier if you change things up every once in a while. Sometimes your body (or attitude) just needs a set of jumper cables to get things moving again. The change doesn’t have to be big, even the smallest of things can get the scale going in the right direction.
Tired of plain water? Try the new flavored waters available or freeze some berries in ice cubes and add that to your cup.
Do you skip breakfast? Try eating something small in the morning before you have your morning coffee.
Do you eat the same breakfast everyday? Break out the cookbook and try something new.
Are you tired of the way you prepare veggies? Give tired, ol’ steam veggies a kick in the pants with some new spices.
Would you rather eat dirt than get on the treadmill one more time? Try a tape at home or sign up for a new class at the gym.
Does the thought of writing your food down put you to sleep? Ditch the spiral-bound notebook and get a fancy or inspirational journal that inspires you to treat your body with the same respect that you treat the journal.
Are you bored with something in your routine? Tell us about it and let us know what you are going to do this week to change it!