9 Aug 2012
I’m a believer in the saying pride goeth before a fall.
I’ve learned its veracity the hard way. For that reason, even when things are chugging along happily for me in the health & fitness realm, I no longer let myself become, well, prideful.
Weight loss maintained for a while? Careful whatcha brag about as that’s precisely the time you’ll hit a road-bump and encounter a struggle.
On the workout streak to end all workout streaks? Tooteth your horn not. Trust me, just as the final BEEP emerges from your mouth, all exercise-mojo of yours will disappear. Been there. Tooted that. Lost the motivation.
I now prefer to simply keep doing what I’m doing and help as many others as I can along the way. I’ve found the ‘cheering on’ I do for others can come back to help me in unexpected ways.
When people seek my help, it’s often during the explanation process I realize I’m no longer doing what I’d thought I was or living as healthfully as I could.
What’s my point with all this?
Had you asked me if my family and I were rocking the healthy snacks I would have answered with a resounding YES.
When my sister asked me for tips for healthy snackage for her family I realized, as I listed and answered, we’d gotten off-track.
Gone were the probiotic foods. Vanished were the organic graham crackers and readily-accessible-in-fridge raw veggies.
I went through the inevitable internal-realization process (shock-denial-guilt-acceptance-readyforchange) and emerged with a three pronged plan for getting our family (and my sister’s) back to the healthy snacks.
- I revisited past success(ful snackage). Sadly the summer has derailed my family’s healthful habits. Happily all I needed to do was to STOP, recall a time we were healthy snackers, and remind myself how that looked. I enlisted the husband & child’s help and we created a long list of snacks. The more we brainstormed, the more we remembered healthy snacks we LOVED. If you feel you’ve never been ‘on track’ think about how you imagine a week of healthy snacking might look like for you? Get a pen and get creative with your list.
- I asked for help. My sister turned to me. I tend to look to social media friends when I need ideas or tips. Email, tweet, use Facebook, write a blog post—-lean on your healthy living tribe for both ideas and accountability.
- I STARTED. Immediately. This is the most important piece. Don’t wait till you can go to the grocery and do a kitchen overhaul. Don’t get paralysis by analysis searching for healthy snack perfection. Begin consciously making healthier choices today. You can always tweak/change things later if you discover foods that work better for you or your family. Remember: any choices made *today* with an eye to healthier snacking are better than what you’d have done before (writes the voice of experience). This fact in itself is a major victory.
Has the summer and its proliferation of sweet, sugary treats derailed you?
Or are you as healthy a snacker in the summer as you are the rest of the year?
What’s your current go-to healthy snack? (I’d still love ideas please and thank you.)
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