Ever experience a time in your life where everything just kicks your butt? I am having one of those times – greater responsibility at work, a new home (more on that later), a change in my relationship status, and it seems like everywhere I turn someone has their hand out (meaning money is flying out of my wallet). So needless to say, I’m in a bit of a tailspin. When I’m in a tailspin bad habits start piling up. My workouts become few and far between, my home cooked meals turn into takeout, and 8 hours of sleep is not in the cards. My health begins to suffer, my skin turns into the skin of a high school students, and the bags under my eyes definitely are not Chanel.
What’s a girl to do? A girl is to get back into her healthy habits because healthy habits = happy Lauren. So I am falling back into my healthy habits and getting the heck out of this slump!
I’ll speak for myself but when I do the same type of fitness routine for a long period of time I tend to get bored. Pilates four days a week for the past couple of years is awesome but things were getting a little too routine for my taste. When that happens it’s time to try something new. For me, it’s been a back to basics type of thing with morning jogs with the dog and some good old fashioned crunches and push-ups. I am also considering going back to my old trainer for some fun with kettle bells.
Food is one of my favorite things in life (cooking it, eating it, dining out) but it is also one of the biggest stresses in my life. I try to only eat organic food, I don’t eat meat, and I can’t eat dairy – so my options are pretty limited. During a unhealthy slump I typically live off of tea and chocolate – occasionally I’ll mix in some tofu tacos from Chipotle. So not okay. To kick-start my healthy habits I got back on Paleta, my vegan organic meal delivery service. Each morning they deliver a cooler with breakfast, lunch, dinner, and desert. The whole bag of food is around 1200 calories and has all the nutrients I need to keep fit.
Another thing I’ve done to restart my health is changing up my bedtime. I know, what adult woman has a bedtime? Well when I don’t set a bedtime, I end up going to bed at 1am and waking up at 6am to start my day. Getting 5 hours a sleep each night probably isn’t the best idea if you want to be picture of perfect health. I am experimenting with a new evening routine which includes a walk around the neighborhood with my dog around 10pm, my nightly skincare routine, a little reading, and to bed around 11/11:30. It’s still not early but it sure beats 1am.
I’ll use anything as an excuse to shop but purchasing a few new things for my fitness closet has really helped me get inspired to get healthy. My September adidas obsessions include these Stella McCartney sweatpants (they are getting a lot of action right now), this white boyfriend tee, a bright orange techfit bra, and these killer Boost 2.0 sneakers.
Sometimes you need a little help from your friends. Grab a fitness accountability buddy or someone to do your fall workouts with. He doesn’t know it yet but one of my co-workers is about to become my workout buddy. It’s easy to skip a workout, especially in the fall when the days are shorter and the temperatures are colder. Having a friend to workout with can be that little extra push that you need.
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