Wait, don’t freak out!
I’m not really stuck on the couch so don’t send a rescue party! I’m stuck on the metaphorical couch, where I am lost in my love for all things cheese and somehow have tricked my mind into rewarding healthy behavior with the most fattening of foods. We can blame it on the lack of support or the strength of ice cream, but decision fatigue is a real thing. Decision fatigue is the decrease of awesome decisions we make after a long or intense period of decision making. See, I don’t make this stuff up!
What often happens to hard working and consistent healthy lifer’s like you and I, is that we spend our week making sound decision every moment. We avoid the dessert menu, ignore the mid afternoon fatigue, and meticulously follow our meal plans. Meanwhile, we begin dreaming of a land dripping of giant quesadillas and red velvet cheesecake. These awesome healthy living decisions although amazing, often drain us of our willpower.
So, what do we do? I believe that we must make our healthy living journey easier for ourselves. We can make it easier by cleaning out our kitchens of junk food. As well as tell everyone we know that we are on a journey to our healthiest self, so they can all be our support systems and accountability partners! This journey isn’t always going to be the easiest, nor will it be fun all of the time. Cheat meals are ok, just don’t live in cheat meal land! We must all remember that we are so much better than who we were yesterday, last week or last month but we must remember that we need to make the journey as temptation free as possible.
If you haven’t already, create a support system for yourself. Tell your coworker, neighbor, and friends your plans and goals so they can support you. They can also help you by understanding that they shouldn’t offer you that triple-triple from In-N-Out nor should they challenge you in a pizza eating contest. This will help you to lessen the amount of decisions you have to make during your day. ❤
“Keep Digging. Nobody said it’s going to be easy. You have to dig into yourself. Think about your family, think about the journey itself. Think in the moment.”
– Meb Keflezighi, Olympic Athlete