Maintaining a commitment to a lifestyle of health and fitness is an ongoing battle. Some days are definitely easier than others. Don’t you love it when you wake up and actually feel like working out? It’s easy to click off the alarm instead of hitting snooze and head out the door for another fun-filled calorie burning workout. I have these days quite often (fortunately) because of my opportunity to lead a boot camp class at least 2-3 times each week. Seeing the dedication of my campers and knowing that I am helping them achieve their goals sure makes the 4:45 AM wake up call a little easier to deal with.
I ALWAYS feel better after a workout and never once thought to myself, “wow, I really shouldn’t have done that!” I have also found that what is often told in research articles is true: starting the day with a good choice leads to making wiser choices throughout the day. It’s as simple as that. These are what I like to refer to as: the “good ‘ole days.”
Then, there are the “bad” days. Let’s face it; if there are good days, then naturally a bad day is bound to interject every once in a while. These are the days when sleep sounds better than running; a cookie trumps an apple and the tall glass of sparkling water just doesn’t satisfy the craving for carbonation and fizz. All too often, at least for me, these days start with one bad choice, and, well you guessed it – one bad choice leads to another, right? After all, it becomes easier to justify that craving through dinner when you already ate cookies and ice cream for lunch.
However, don’t be so hard on yourself. Everyone has bad days. It’s the commitment to make those bad days better and strive for more good days that really matters. If you find yourself at the end of a “bad” day, re-evaluate what you could have done differently as a commitment to a better tomorrow; then, grab those shoes that have been collecting dust, wipe them off and go for a walk. Or, take the kids to the park for a friendly game of soccer. Just get moving. It’s amazing what a little increase in the heart rate can do for your body, and even moreso – your mind. Soon enough, you will realize that one good day leads to another, and another, and another. Sounds great, doesn’t it?