Detour! Healthy Living Obstacles and How I Avoid Them

Just when I thought that the blogosphere couldn't get any better and along came last night's #Fitblog chat and my very first chance to moderate. I was (and still am) completely blown away by how amazing the experience was!

To everyone who joined in: Thank you for making it absolutely awesome!

If you didn't get a chance to chat with us you can check the archive for a rundown of all the great answers and dialogue that took place.

Now, because I was so busy reading and thoroughly enjoying everyone's responses I didn't get a chance to provide my own answers to the four questions that I posed. So here they are:

Topic: Healthy Living Roadblocks and How to Avoid Them

Q1. What is the biggest roadblock preventing you from living your very best life?

Stress. I tend to take on too much and not ask for help and that can weigh on me. I also let little things bother me more then they should. Its something I am working because I know how important stress management is in a healthy life.

Q1 f/u How are you addressing that roadblock to eventually overcome it?

I try to manage my time better by not being afraid to say no. I also take a few minutes to myself before bed to read a book and decompress. Working out definitely helps in stress reduction too.

Q2. Are there people in your life that act as roadblocks and if so, how do you deal with them?

No one is an intentional roadblock but there are people who inadvertently encourage less healthy eating patterns or drinking because they do it in my presence. Ultimately though I am responsible for me and what other people do or eat shouldn't effect me. If it does then I need to work on why I am not able to control my own choices.

Q3 When lack of time becomes a roadblock, how do you fit it all in?

I recently got promoted at work (yay!) but it means I am in and out of meetings all day and not able to workout at lunch as often. I have shifted my schedule and now go after work. That might mean less t.v time or that the dishes don't get done but it's a priority and I make it happen.

Q3 f/u Do you use any online tools to help you better manage your time or keep you motivated?

I use Daily Mile and My Fitness Pal to keep me motivated but the biggest tools for accountability is my blog and the ones that I read. The community of bloggers that I visit regularly is very inspiring. And #fitblog chats is definitely a part of that!

Q4. What is the biggest obstacle that you have already overcome in order to be a healthier person? How did you do it?

I made health a priority. I use to make a lot of excuses for being complacent and lazy or for making poor food choices. Now I remind myself why its important to me and how the excuses will prevent me from meeting goals that I have. I think I have grown up a lot in terms of my lifestyle (a LOT less partying and late nights) as well as the way I view healthy living, nutrition and exercise.

Ahh...now that's a road sign I can work with.

So tell me, have you had to overcome any roadblocks towards being a healthier person? How did you do it?


  1. I think it's safe to say I work on this everyday! That being said, I think its a lot of small steps, that turn into big changes!

  2. Oh I'm so sad I missed it! My road block would definitely be when I'm sad or depressed. I mindlessly turn to food every time.

  3. My road block would be sleep deprevation...with two little ones who I have had to attend to during the night for the last four years and not getting as much sleep as I need, it definitely affects my workouts...but I just keep on trying...and for the most part my kids do sleep through the night but it seems they get up at night when I need the sleep the most.

  4. I thought about this a lot after you hosted the last #fitblog. Q1 for me was time and prompted a tough love post about it. Thanks for the good questions.

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  5. I'm so sorry I wasn't able to join you at Fitblog last night. This summer my schedule has been unpredictable, and I wasn't able to be at my computer...I'm sad though! I'm sure you were an excellent moderator! Stress is definitely a big roadblock to being healthy for almost anyone, and it does a great amount of damage.

    1. Thank you, thats very interesting information. I need to share with my friends.

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