Trains vs Roller Coasters

The month of April came and went like Mary Poppins on her dang umbrella. It happened wayyy too fast. Daniel and I were in a wedding and we also had Abram’s big first birthday party to put on. Those were just extras added on to our normal busy lives, and I must confess that we did not eat very well. The month consisted of pizzas and whatever we could find that was the fastest to grab and consume.

I had many headaches last month.

May has nothing major planned, and we’ve both decided to be better with the time that we have. That being said, we are trying to get back on the health train. Abram and I went to the produce market on Monday and did some grocery shopping, and that picture up there is what we left with.

I really enjoy shopping for fruits and veggies because I feel so refreshed just from picking them out. They are colorful and vibrant and smell like the earth. I know, when I’m gently putting them in my cart, that these life-savers will make me feel so good when I eat them.

That’s the thing though. I have to eat them.┬áMy hand has to bypass the cheese in the refrigerator and grab the apple or cucumber. I actually have to cut them up and put them in my mouth. But then the left over hot dogs from the party would be sad because I wasn’t giving them any attention.

Getting back on track is so hard, and at first seems impossible. And that goes for everything. I was always told that it takes 21 days to build a habit or a routine, and so far that has held true. What sucks is that you work hard for those three weeks and feel like you’ve arrived. Then one night you decide to reward yourself with a piping hot pizza, a Vanilla Porter and some M&M’s. You then make an excuse to eat a candy bar and some bacon the next day, and then a doughnut at church on Sunday… and by Monday it’s all gone to crap. Might as well eat that bowl of cereal and that piece of cheese for breakfast instead of turning on your juicing and drinking super juice.

Now that your food choices have spiraled out of control, you’ve got a headache. Your body is achy, and your kid is driving you crazy (or your finals have stripped you of your last bit of humanity and you have become the walking dead). Might as well skip the workout. It’ll be fine. You’ll do it tomorrow. But you don’t.

Sound familiar?

Sound like the roller coaster of health you’ve ridden too many times?

Sigh. I’m tired of it, aren’t you? I just want to eat right. I just want to work out even when I don’t feel like it. For a while, I was overcoming discouragement and using it to fuel the fire that burns the calories. Encouragement was coming from left and right. The food I was putting in my body was strengthening me to great accomplishments. I was working out everyday, and dropping the pounds left and right.

But that dang April.

As tempting as it is, I refuse to let this hiccup in health ruin the whole thing. God has worked too much on me to be a quitter. I’m getting off of the roller coaster and back onto the nice and steady train. Those fruits and veggies up there need to get all ate up. Mostly because it’s good for me, but also mostly because they don’t come cheap.

There is too much at stake each day to not be optimizing our energy with the best foods and the healthiest work outs.

Let’s have a conversation about this. Let’s keep each other accountable.

  4 comments for “Trains vs Roller Coasters

  1. Jessi
    May 3, 2012 at 11:09 am

    Goodness me, I just want to ravage any food I see lately. It’s so annoying.
    But on a very weird side note, I want to start running, and for me saying that means I either have gone crazy or I want to prepare for a zombie apocalypse. Either way it’s something that is way out of the ordinary for me, but I feel I need to do it. I hate running by the way and when I look at people who run, they look miserable, so those thoughts may be a SLIGHT hindrance. Trying to get the motivation (and courage) to start.

    • May 3, 2012 at 12:17 pm

      One of my power songs in the iphone nike running app is I’ll Fly Away. Daniel commented the other night that he thought that was strange because he thought most of my power songs were really upbeat and motivational. I told him that song was incredibly motivational, especially when I am doing something that I hate so much I’d rather die and go to heaven HAHA. “One glad morning, when this life is over…”

      Running is the worst, but it is so good for you and the discipline it teaches bleeds over into the other areas of your life.

      If you are going to do it, I would strongly recommend the Couch to 5k program. Just google it, you’ll find plenty on how to do it. It’s a great way to introduce your body to running.

  2. May 3, 2012 at 11:50 am

    Some one once said “If you make a wrong turn on your journey you don’t turn the car to the side and drive off a cliff in frustration do you?” Looking at the reality of the damage (and of course the posibillity of death is a real turn off) from that kind of behavior makes it easy to say “That’s rediculous!” Why then do we do it with our health…one bad day and, at least for me, I’m swamped with guilt and end up eating my way through the house. Thank God I don’t drive or my husband would have to take out stock in Little Debbies and Hagen Daas just to break even ;-) A slow steady train is definetely the way to go. Readers Digest did this thing a few years ago…ok…like 10 I think, called “Change One” It focused on identifying one bad habit each month to stop and one to start…It’s a great concept..like you said..the 21 day method and all that. My problem is whenever I go to begin my list never starts with one…it’s more like 127…or something like that. :) Congrats on your trip to the produce mart and getting your “ticket” for the train. I pray God gives you the strength as a family to not just get on, but avoid the dining car at all cost ;-)

    • May 3, 2012 at 12:12 pm

      I’m so glad to hear that someone else can eat their way through the house! Little Debbies are so hard to pass up. Uhh, I just love them. I overwhelm myself with too much on my “need to change” list too, and I’ve found it is best to just pick one thing on there and start with that. It is more realistic and easier to accomplish. That feeling of accomplishment will give you just the right boost you need to conquer another hurdle. What’s crazy about me is that I have no problem feeding my child the healthiest of foods. He eats a mostly vegetarian diet, and it is full of fruits and veggies. I want him to have the right start. I don’t understand why I cannot just take that same mentality on for myself. Sometimes I do, something I fail. We must not let the guilt beat us!

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