Beyond Gorgeous

Beyond Gorgeous

What to do When You Can’t H.A.L.T.

Sometimes it just happens.  You are rolling along on your new healthy lifestyle and feeling pretty good — and good about yourself.  You are developing a taste for good-for-you low glycemic food and only rarely miss that soda.  Exercise has become a part of your life, not something you must do for a while.

Then something dramatic changes that throws your life out of kilter and your healthy habits out the window.  That happened to me this week.  Just a few days after opening our new business  (a life-changing operation in itself) we had a death in the family.  My brother-in-law suffered a traumatic head injury.  While he was unconscious from the first, it took several days before all his automatic responses stopped and he was at rest.


Every aspect of the acronym H.A.L.T. came into play during those long, difficult days. Don’t get too hungry — difficult if getting away at mealtimes is not convenient.  Don’t get too angry, or stressed.  Well, avoiding emotional stress was not an option!  Don’t get too lonely.  Lots of people around, but taking the quiet night watches made boredom eating a definite temptation, particularly since vending machines were convenient.  Don’t get too tired. Needless to say, watching while someone you care about slowly passes from this life — and doing that for days — saps your energy and makes you instinctively look for a sugar boost.

Add in the lack of choices available when you sleep during regular hours and stay up alone at night after the cafeteria closes, and you have a recipe for healthy habit breakdown.


What can you do when life throws you a curve that can’t be straightened out?  You do your best and plan to get back on track as soon as possible.  Diets fail because we think of them as temporary fixes and plan to go back to “normal” as soon as we reach our goals.  We can reverse that idea when we are in a place too difficult and too emotional to make wise choices.  Tell yourself, as I did, that this is temporary and you will go back to your “new normal” as soon as possible.  If we are talking days, not weeks or months, you won’t have any lasting damage.

Heaven’s streets are paved with gold, but we are still traveling on asphalt.  We are going to experience trials and griefs.  Things beyond our control will knock our good intentions flat at times.  Just remember that these tough times will pass and plan to get back on track when they do.

Eating to live and living for Christ,

Susan Jordan Brown

Comments read comments(1)
post a comment

Pingback: Interruptions in your life - A Simple Life, a Childlike Faith

Post a Comment

By submitting these comments, I agree to the terms of service, rules of conduct and privacy policy (the "agreements"). I understand and agree that any content I post is licensed to and may be used by in accordance with the agreements.

Previous Posts

Recipe Day -- Good-For-You Chocolate Cake
I looked at the recipe in disbelief.  NINE eggs? Surely that was a misprint.  Only 3/4 cup flour in a cake?  Not likely.  As I studied about coconut flour, though, I saw that, yes, it does take that many eggs to make a successful cake with ...

posted 3:06:20am Mar. 29, 2013 | read full post »

Climbing Into Jesus' Wheelbarrow
Once there was a famous tight-rope walker.  He stood before a huge crowd by Niagara Falls, preparing to do his most daring feat. “How many of you believe that I can walk across Niagara Falls on this tightrope?” he asked the people ...

posted 3:23:14am Mar. 28, 2013 | read full post »

How Do You Know When to Stop Eating?
“We asked 150 Parisians how they knew they were through with dinner,” food psychologist Brian Wansink, PhD, said.  “They said, ‘When we’re full.’  When we asked 150 Chicagoans that they said, ‘When the plate is empty.’” ...

posted 3:54:25am Mar. 27, 2013 | read full post »

Making Plans to Succeed
H.A.L.T. -- Don’t get too hungry, too angry, too lonely, or too tired.  But how do you do that?  How do you avoid getting in a dangerously tempting position? It takes planning.  Start planning before you even head to the grocery store.  ...

posted 3:41:47am Mar. 26, 2013 | read full post »

No More "If Onlys"
Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.- Carl Bard If only -- If only.  How the “if onlies” plague us! “If I had only kept up that healthy eating and exercise plan I ...

posted 2:36:33am Mar. 25, 2013 | read full post »


Report as Inappropriate

You are reporting this content because it violates the Terms of Service.

All reported content is logged for investigation.