Keeping Healthy Habits


Bootcamp for me was terrifying, but also exciting. I battled through sickness, teeth issues, family outings, crazy post partum hormones and kids. Overall, for me, the biggest challenge wasn’t showing up and eating the menu, but figuring out how the heck to unwind and find new comfort when feeling something I didn’t like: like anxious, overwhelmed or super stressed, and it was amazing to have the accountability of a coach through the process.

In my experience, I often see and hear how people replace one habit with another. I would say we take one way we use to find comfort and self-soothe and fill it with something else. So emotional eating/ food addiction can turn into using exercise, sex, alcohol use, perfectionism, words (talking about our feelings), for comfort. Self-soothing and finding comfort usually involve one of our senses. Ways we find comfort are not necessarily bad, it is just a matter of what is going to bring real comfort for your soul, and lasting comfort. For me, that sometimes means just sitting with a negative feeling (anxiety, depression) and knowing it will go away, or running or walking it out, or talking about it and/or praying through it.

I was a bit terrified being done with Boot Camp. I didn’t want to put the weight back on in a week, which thankfully I haven’t. I wanted to make sure these new habits continued on. Below are some thoughts on how to keep those healthy habits going.

  1. YOU ARE NOT ALONE. Seek support (friends, counselors, pastors). Look around the studio! We are here for each other. Talk to me, I may look sweaty and crazy most days, but I would love to pray for you or point you in a good direction.
  2. Set realistic expectations with yourself and family- have small kids? In school? Single parenting? Don’t take one too much.
  3. Pace yourself-what is realistic for your season of life? Before I thought there is no way I can get to the gym 5 days a week with little people, but guess what I could.
  4. Monitor your food and alcohol consumption. Each day and each meal is a new opportunity to make healthy decisions.
  5. Share responsibilities, give yourself permission to say “no” to things, we cannot do it all. It is healthy to have limits and boundaries.
  6. Connect with others. When I first started bootcamp I had people say they want to see me but don’t know what to do because we’d go out to eat or coffee. I learned to walk with friends, even had people have us over to dinner who made us bootcamp food. Or I’d go to friends but bring my own dinner. You can be just as connected, but it may look different. You can also ask for what you need.
  7. Exercise-continue with it, it helps the body and mind soooooo much.
  8. Be in the moment, practice mindfulness, Yoga, BREATHE, pray.
  9. Take time for yourself and be kind to yourself-give yourself GRACE. If everything feels hard after bootcamp, focus on one thing-more greens, or one healthy choice a day to work on, and when you don’t, each meal is a new opportunity and each day is new
  10. Have an accountability buddy to check in with.
  11. Continue to trust the process and check in with yourself. Just as you prepare your meal plan each week, you can prepare yourself. Think about what was a struggle and plan ahead for the new week. Maybe laying clothes out will help get you and the kids out the door easier, or talking about hard stuff as it comes up may help those night time snack sessions?
  12. Change your thoughts to keep that healthy habit going, so it becomes natural and takes little will power ( a habit is built of a cue, routine, reward, continue with those good routines, it does get easier).

“Dear Friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well.” -3 John 1:2