Can You Bounce Back?

What happens next?

We have all been there. We make every effort to make nutrition and fitness a priority, then “life happens.” You get busy and all of a sudden, your good habits of meal prepping and setting yourself up for success are gone. You feel like you can never get back on track. So, how do you snap out of it? For most of us, we see a picture and can’t believe it. Maybe we had stopped getting on the scale because we didn’t want to face the reality, and when we step back on, we are shocked.

For me, it was a picture from over the weekend. As a dietitian and owner of a CrossFit, my body is my business card. I am a firm believer in practicing what I preach, but life happened to me. The past few months have been crazy. With the business requiring more time, writing a book, a move, and house renovation, meal prepping was impossible. Literally, impossible. In fact, we did not have a functioning kitchen until last week.

Because of this, we’ve eaten out almost every meal for the past two months. While we try to eat healthy, we have no control over the preparation methods or portion sizes on our plate. Over time, it all adds up.

But now, the kitchen is ready and my excuses are gone. It’s time to bounce back. Meal prepping started and lunches are prepped. Snacks are packed and healthy breakfast options are prepared. No matter how hard you work in the gym, you can’t out-exercise a diet of eating out.

We all have our struggles. How you bounce back dictates how that chapter of your story ends. Maybe it’s a couple months off track, maybe it’s a year or two. No matter how long it’s been, it’s never too late.

Find yourself an accountability partner, come up with a plan, and stick with it. The best advice we can give anyone is to get started doing something that will result in a healthy lifestyle. Maybe that means cutting out the soda, juice, and diet drinks and increasing water consumption. Maybe it looks like bringing your lunch or cutting out the fried foods. Maybe it looks like doubling your vegetable intake with every meal. Whatever it is, make a step today to help you achieve your goals.

I’m getting on our InBody scanner tomorrow morning to find out what my current biometrics are. It’s time to track progress to ensure I’m achieving my goals.

What are you going to do to achieve your health and fitness goals?

Take action!

Nicole Aucoin, MS, RD, LD/N
Registered Dietitian
Founder, Healthy Steps Nutrition

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About the author

Nicole Aucoin, MS, RD, LD/N

Founder, Healthy Steps Nutrition
Home of CrossFit HSN & HSN Mentoring

Author of Nourish & Healthy Kids Cookbook

Author of The Basics of Nutrition Coaching Course, CrossFit Preferred Nutrition Course

CrossFit Level 2 Trainer