Happy Monday! I hope you enjoyed a lovely Easter weekend. It was a gorgeous spring day here in Western Pennsylvania, and I had a very happy and relaxing time with family. Well maybe I was a bit too relaxed. You see, this Easter was a slippery slope for me. It started with a glass or two of wine, then “just one” Reese’s peanut butter egg, and the rest is kind of a blur. I thoroughly enjoyed myself, but pretty much lost all control in the eating department. It happens.
I woke up this morning feeling heavy and sluggish with 10 different reasons to skip my workout – “I think I tweaked my knee; it’s raining out; I really should get a jump on my work this morning” – blah, blah, blah. Luckily I caught myself in two or three lies (lying to yourself is the worst!) and decided to suck it up and lace up. I did 20 minutes on the spin bike and then some strength training followed by some simple and restorative stretching. After a quick shower, I whipped up my favorite healthy and refreshing banana booster smoothie for breakfast. The result – I am feeling energized and strong with renewed enthusiasm. Now I am in the right mindset to start this week of healthy eating and movement.
While I would have preferred to have stayed on track during the holiday, I am reminded that a single slip-up does not define who I am and does not need to be the start of a bigger tumble into unhealthy eating patterns. If you struggled with eating healthfully over Easter, cut yourself some slack. Today is a new day full of all kinds of possibilities. Dust yourself off, pack (or throw) away any remaining goodies, and move forward. Spring is a time of renewal. It’s time to get started (or restarted) on your journey to health and wellness.