My Healthy Living Journey

When your routine is interrupted

Hey, hey!

How was your weekend? Hopefully it was a good one! I had plans to do my weekend grocery shopping, clean up some stuff in the house, and start my new Balance Bites Masterplan lesson, but none of that happened.  Instead, I spent the weekend in bed watching The Office in between naps and bathroom trips because I was hit with a stomach virus Saturday morning.

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The only picture I took this weekend was of my cozy bed… because that’s where I spend most of my time!

Fortunately, I was feeling back to normal by Sunday afternoon and was ready for another day in the office by Monday morning, but this whole experience got me thinking about how important routines are to our success.  We know that having a routine is important because it allows us to develop good habits, but it’s what we do when those habits are interrupted that matters.

I ended up not eating at all on Saturday because I had zero appetite.  I’m really not one to lose my appetite, even when sick, so this was a sign to me that if I did eat, it probably wouldn’t stay down for long!  I decided to stick to water and sleep and ride it out.  I ended up waking around 3am starving, so my sweet husband got me some crackers (I wasn’t worried about the gluten at that point because I hadn’t eaten in 24 hours and I’m not sensitive to gluten).

I started to feel more like myself by Sunday afternoon, but I wasn’t ready to get back into my original weekend plans – thank God for Amazon Prime!  This was a perfect opportunity to test out the new delivery service for Whole Foods; I ordered a few essentials (eggs, my favorite gluten free bread, etc.) so that I could eat lunch that day and have breakfast for the rest of the week, and decided that I would do my grocery shopping on Tuesday since I knew I had enough food to get us through a few dinners.  (The delivery service was awesome, by the way, only 4.99+ tip so it’s totally worth it when you can’t get to the store)

It seems so silly to be proud of something like this, but I really am proud of myself for not using this as a catalyst for giving up.  I remember several years ago when I had lost 50+lbs on Weight Watchers, I had to have my wisdom teeth removed.  This obviously altered what and how I was eating for a few days, and that was the beginning of the end. After that change to my routine I struggled with following my “diet” and slowly started gaining weight back.

It would have been so easy to say “forget meal planning for the week”, and who would blame me? No one wants to think about food while they’re sick!  This could have been a “turning point” where I slowly stop creating my weekly meal plans or grocery shopping consistently, and eventually slip into my bad habits.  It would have been so easy to let this be an excuse, but I know myself too well by now.  I knew that letting it slide once would mean a huge struggle to get back into a routine.

So tonight I’ll be creating a meal plan (I’ve already got it mapped out in my head) and I’ll stop by Trader Joes on my way home from work tomorrow, and life will resume.

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