Updated: Jan 3, 2021
I have seen "quarantine 15" as a trending topic of conversation. A joke to some, not so much to others. Either way is fine, but this is more so for those worried about gaining a few pounds.
As we all know, we are in a GLOBAL PANDEMIC...everyone, everywhere is going through some sort of change. Most are going through some sort of loss whether it be financial, the loss of a loved one, the loss of a once in a life time experience (s/o to class of 2020), the loss of a job etc. Whatever it may be, we are all coping differently and are experiencing different feelings. I know I've personally experienced every emotion under the sun these past two months. IT IS ALL NORMAL. Nobody has gone through this before. We are anxious, sad, confused, hopeful, grateful. The emotions are endless. Let's all be kinder to our minds and bodies during this time.
Now, lets be real. We're all bored and most likely moving less and eating more. Healthy habits pre-quarantine? Don't know her. The last thing we need to be stressing about right now is a few extra pounds. If that is a current stressor in your life, forgive yourself. Change can be hard and adapting to the current circumstances can be even tougher. The first few weeks of quarantine I was STRUGGLING with "quarantine 15" thoughts along with many others, (smh @ diet culture, we'll talk about that more later) and want to share what has helped me.
Tip #1: DON'T BE SO HARD ON YOURSELF
I know it's easier said than done but nobody is perfect and never will be. Life is going to throw you curveballs and even if you've been working out/eating healthy for years there will be a point in time where you fall off track. Whatever health and fitness may be or look like to you (it's different for everybody), it's all about the long term. Let's remember quarantine is temporary. If you gain a few lbs it's not the end of the world! Accept the fact that you're a little bit lazier right now and probably snacking a little bit more... which brings me to tip #2.
Tip #2: MODERATION IS KEY
Again, this is easier said than done, especially in a time of high stress. Trust me, I know the struggle!! If possible, be mindful of your portion sizes. Enjoy all the snacks and food in moderation. No specific food is "good" or "bad" some are just more nutritionally dense than others. You are in control of what goes into your mouth. Ask yourself if you're really hungry or just bored. Regardless, if you really want it, eat it!!!! In moderation. Never deprive yourself. And remember tip #1, DON'T BE SO HARD ON YOURSELF.
Tip #3: MOVE YOUR BODY
Exercise looks and feels different for everyone. What makes you feel like a million bucks might make someone else feel like shit. Something I do know for sure though is that movement is key. Even if its for 10 minutes, it's better than nothing. Movement can be a walk, a jog, a run, stretching, jump rope, pilates, yoga, sports (soccer, basketball etc.), dancing (s/o to TikTok), swimming, lifting weights whatever feels good to YOU. Get those endorphins flowing, your mind and body will thank you. Even if you don't feel like it, DO IT. Its 10 mins-1 hour of your entire DAY. Make time for yourself.
Lastly, Tip #4: Be Proud of Yourself/Forgive Yourself
At the end of the day, be proud of what you accomplished and forgive yourself for what was left undone (I will forever be working on this one LOL.) But seriously, tomorrow is a new day. Get some rest and always remember its YOU vs. YOU. You are not in competition with anyone other than the person you were yesterday. Having an off day is a universal human experience. We've all been there! You are not alone. Whether it's a bad day, a bad week, or a bad month, forgive yourself and try to remember there is ALWAYS something to be grateful for and/or proud of.
When quarantine is over, if you've gained a few pounds, be kind to yourself! Take care of your mental health and your physical health will follow. You are more than your weight, your body and your looks.