I just finished reading The Wellness Project by Phoebe Lapine, where the author chronicles her journey to set small, manageable health goals to help combat the author’s thyroid disorder in the vain of Gretchen Rubin’s The Happiness Project, another one of my favorite books. So much of Lapine’s book resonated with me and thankfully, a lot of what she does I already incorporate into my life. However, with the instability of packing, moving, and all of the change currently taking place in my life, it’s easy to see just how fragile our routines are, and lately, I’ve found myself regressing into old bad habits as I try to manage the stress of moving across country, then to a new country, and finding a job at the same time.
While I definitely feel out of control these days, I’m trying to focus my attention on little things that I can control each day to keep me sane by setting an intention for the day when I wake up each morning. This week, I’m trying to keep my intention simple and consistent: eat food that fuels my body. While that slice of pizza may look good and give me momentary energy, I know that carbs and sugar lull me into a slump in the long run, making it even harder to make good food decisions later on. It’s been a bit of a challenge this week — I’ve given into eating chips and salsa nearly every afternoon – but I’ve found that prepping my food in advance or whenever I have the energy keeps me on track when I’m most likely to grab whatever is around me, even if that means making dinner at 3 in the afternoon and setting it aside for later.
If you haven’t checked out The Wellness Project, I highly recommend it, especially if you’re thinking of making healthy changes to your lifestyle as the incremental, one goal at a time based approach can be really effective. I’m hoping by writing this post, I’ll help keep myself more accountable as well!