Thursday, April 19, 2012


it's the last week of classes before we have our one week study break and subsequently, final examination. everything is due this week - tests, assignments, presentations, you name it. as a result, i'm walking through life these days like a zombie. a sleep deprived, coffee drinking, word crunching, page turning, zombie. which, inevitably, has had an impact on my never ending efforts to live a healthy lifestyle. nevertheless, i learnt that in spite of this, there is a lesson to be learnt.


in life, there will be ups and downs. there will be easy, light times - when you're on holiday, when there is a lull at work or in college. during such periods, keeping a healthy lifestyle would be so much easier. 

however, there will also be insane times, where life will just seem to spin by - a project at work, an important exam, assignments. these events will require you to give much more priority and effort, that you will have less time to dedicate to giving your all and keeping up.

it is important not to be discouraged during these times. true, i felt rather guilty and somewhat disappointed that i couldn't do all the things i used to when i had more time on my hands. i felt upset that i couldn't go run regularly, plan my meals, take the time to prepare my meals in advance for the day.

but such is life. you have to accept that there will be lulls and rushes, ups and downs, highs and lows. you can't expect each day to be perfect, neither can you predict what will happen. you may plan to exercise for an hour every single day, but that may be unrealistic when there are sometimes other things which that you need to take care of.

    "when life gives you lemons, you make lemonade."

what matters is you take life as it comes, and do the best with what you've been dealt. so you may not have as much time to fit in all your workouts that week. that's ok, but it's no reason to beat yourself up and get frustrated to the point where you throw in the towel and say "forget it, this week i'm just not going to bother." remember that it's ok to slow down, as long as you do not stop.  

keep calm, and do what you can. can't work out 2hours a day? no problem, just make it 30minutes. can't take a few hours in the kitchen preparing your meals for that day? relax, and get something healthy to eat on the way to college or work.there will always be SOMETHING that you can do, no matter how small. or even if you DID have an absolutely crappy day and were feeling so extremely worn out that you let that day go to the dogs, 

one bad decision does not undo all the hard
work you’ve put in, so stop beating yourself up and just get your ass back on

if you've been regularly eating healthily, you won't get fat over just a few days of less-than-perfect eating. if you've been exercising constantly, taking things easier for a few days doesn't mean that you immediately have become unfit and lazy. don't lose sleep over one bad day, don't get disheartened and inwardly scold yourself for not being perfect. it has already happened, and remaining negative about it is not going to help. moreover, it could lead to a downward spiral of of demotivation, gloom, and discontent. you still have so much time in front of you, so just make sure to make amends at a more palatable moment.

a healthy life is not made up of one huge act, it comprises lots of little deeds - waking up half an hour early to eat breakfast, drinking lots of water, eating more fruits and veggies, cutting down on soft drinks, and the list goes on. 

i used to take time to fix my meals, plan out my day, and fit in all my workouts. i've not been so meticulous lately, but i still do what i can - buying packed food to save time and effort, downing more water, running shorter distances in lesser periods of time, eating more fruits or other healthy snacks instead of full proper meals, etc. these things don't require a ton of hard work, while at the same time still help me to keep hold of a balance between tests / assignments and fitness / health.

therefore, think of this ; what little steps can you take, even during this insanely busy time, which would contribute towards a healthier lifestyle?

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