Did you overeat over Easter? I did. My intentions were all so good! I had it all figured out. I wasn’t going to have any chocolate and was just going to eat as healthy as possible at home or out with friends or family. Chocolates for my nephews, I had bought well in advance so wasn’t tempted by last minute easter chocolate specials. I was working in the lead up, so there was no time to drop by the shops for anything as I had been super organised and done all the shopping ahead of time.
But unfortunately the downfall was getting on those damn scales! How often should one weigh themselves? Well, I was doing it everyday and as soon as those scales dont budge or go up a bit, that’s it. I throw in the towel, throw a tantrum and go eat something. Cause, what’s the point?? This really is not the frame of mind to be in. If you’ve not read my post on how often to weigh yourself, you can read it here. and in the meantime here are my best tips for getting back on track!
5 STEPS TO GET YOU BACK ON TRACK
1 CHOOSE A DATE
Decide on a ‘back on track’ day. For me that’s today. It’s Tuesday after the long weekend. everyone’s back at work now even though school holidays have kicked in. The Easter celebrations are officially over! You might decide you can’t do it till next Monday. Whatever works for you mentally, do it.
2 USE THE BIN
Throw out EVERYTHING that does not fit into your healthy eating plan! If you’re ok with leftover chocolate easter eggs sitting in your pantry, fine, but if they are going to be calling your name whilst you’re sitting on the couch tonight CHUCK THEM OUT! Don’t feel guilty about the starving kids in Ethiopia. You are not throwing out nutritious food but processed well marketed crap designed to be addictive even if it is Lindt!!
3 STRUCTURE YOUR DAY
Put structure back into your day. Its school holidays, and for most of us mums that puts a big spanner in the works! I become the most disorganised person on the planet simply because I don’t actually have to get up and get kids to school! My day job involves shift work so it’s not like I have to get up for a 9-5 job regardless. Having kids to take to school kept my schedule on the straight and narrow!
Some people hate having to get kids organised but I love it! It means I can be completely ready by 9 o’clock to work on this blog or get to chores and errands! In school holidays, I’m lucky if I drag myself out of bed by 9 o’clock! So get back into some routine similar to a ‘normal’ time of the year!
Get yourself and the kids in bed at a ‘reasonable’ hour and then set your alarm in the morning as usual. If the kids are sleeping in, bonus! You have some quiet time, even if it’s facebooking, checking emails or just reading a good book! Ideally you could be going out for a nice hour walk and still have the rest of the day to take the kids out somewhere or just laze around the house. These school holidays are great because the weather can go either way!
4 PLAN PLAN PLAN
Plan your meals, snacks and exercise! It doesn’t have to be complicated! Stay away from processed food and exercise everyday. If that sounds too hard then just eat everything you normally would but just halve the portion. It is the easiest way to not overeat. I lost 20 kilos doing just that! Even if it’s just walking (check out this post ). You don’t have to join a gym but if that’s what going to help motivate you, then go join a gym!
5 FIND A GREAT BLOG
Find a great blog you relate to (hopefully this one!) about nutrition and read it consistently! Get motivated and busy and you’ll be less likely to overeat rubbish because you’re bored or just not getting anywhere anyway! If you’re going to be on your phone anyway, then follow said blogs Instagram/Facebook for daily reminders and motivation to get and stay healthy! Consistency is what you need. Learn the ins and outs or just keep it basic. I try to give simple information that you can go off and look into deeper if you choose to. I often add links that explain things in much more detail for those who need more information. In the meantime keep reading about nutrition and educate yourself! Learn then do!
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