Can you remember the last week you had a ‘normal’ week? in fact what is a normal week? If, like me, you work and have a family then you probably find there’s no such thing. The children always have things happening and things go wrong at work, you need to cover for a colleague etc.
This week as a work at home mum I’ve had a whole weekend conference, out of norm meetings out of the home, a class assembly (that was AMAZING by the way – wouldn’t have missed it for the world!), had to cover on site a couple of days for a staff member on holiday… the list goes on! Looking forward to next week but even that’s not normal as the teachers are on strike one of the days and I’m sure something else will come up!
One of the challenges of losing weight is being able to function normally and yet eat sensibly, fit in a little excercise and still get on with what life throws at you. Throughout my time in the weight loss arena I’ve heard this little gem over and over again; ‘well, I was doing really well but then…’ You can fill in the blanks with all sorts of things, ‘we were invited out to dinner’, ‘the children were invited to a party’, ‘I had to stay later at work’ etc etc. It’s not realistic to think that life isn’t going to continue, you need to plan for the unexpected occurences and changes to your existing plans.
Realising that there is no such thing as normal is a good start and recognising that you have to be adaptable in your approach is a key factor in successful weight loss, otherwise you let these little events become your excuses for not taking the right actions. If you are going to make the change to a slimmer lifestyle then you have to be able to fit it into your existing life and not the other way round.There can be no excuses, if you really want to succeed. No going ‘off track’ because it is a slippery slope.
There are going to be times when you will need to adapt and won’t necessarily be able to eat the ideal foods. Accept it. That’s life. Don’t use one chocolate bar, takeaway or meal out as an excuse to slip back into your old bad habits because that’s all it is – an excuse, not a reason. Make a shift in the way you approach these situations and use the 80/20 rule and aim to eat healthily 80 percent of the time. Enjoy the fact that life isn’t predictable and enjoy getting on with it!
Let me know how you cope with the unexpected by leaving a comment below!