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How to Not Let Everyday Stress Sabotage Your Health Routine

As my friends and family know, my favorite holiday of the year is Thanksgiving. This is the one day where I let it all go with no inhibitions, or worry about what I’m putting into my mouth. I just flat out go for it. Of course I pay for it the next day, but it is well worth it. In my philosophy I prescribe that people should have a day such as this from time to time, we only get to live once we shouldn’t have to worry about our food choices 24/7.

Since Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday of the year I have my special routine I go through in order to prepare myself. I eat a small dinner the night before and go on a fast until the Thanksgiving meal is served. In addition, I wake up early the day of Thanksgiving and go to the gym to get a good workout in before I stuff myself silly.

Per my routine, I woke up early on Thanksgiving day in order to go to the gym, but when I walked up to my vehicle I noticed something odd. My passenger side window was missing and seemed to be scattered on the ground. Oh no, not a good start to my favorite holiday of the year. After being angry for about 5 minutes I realized there was nothing I could do, what was done was done. I then called the local Sheriff’s Department and patiently waited for them to arrive. During this time I didn’t stew or work myself into a tizzy, I just retrieved the vacuum cleaner and prepared for cleanup after the Sheriff’s Deputy had taken his report. Once the report was done I cleaned up the mess and realized my gym time was pretty much shot and I wouldn’t be able to get my workout in and make it to Thanksgiving on time.

Instead of skipping my ritual workout, I decided to get proactive and do a quick at home workout. As many of you know I’m a big fan of having a “Workout Survival Kit” handy for moments just like this. Luckily mine was still in my car, as I guess my thief was not much into physical fitness and was kind enough to leave it behind.

I busted out my TNT Resistance Bands, Heavy Jump Rope and proceeded to wear myself out in just 30 minutes. Not only did I employ my kit, but was able to be even more creative by using the support beam in front of my entry door as a pull up bar, my workout Macgyver (hopefully I didn’t date myself right there) mode was in full effect!

Not only was I able to get my ritual workout in, but it also curbed my stress levels and I enjoyed my Thanksgiving just like all the others in the past. The lesson? Don’t let the unexpected things in life derail you. Instead step up and get it done, pouting about it will not change a thing. I know people who use any little excuse in life to miss getting some exercise, don’t be one of them be consistent and stay on track no matter what life throws at you.

 

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