So, Josh/TriHollywood said that this week’s unofficial Team Trakkers blog theme was Public Service Announcements. I was late to get that memo, but I’ll chime in with my own anyway. Excuse me while I drag out and stand atop my soapbox.
What, you didn’t know my soapbox was actually a Bosu ball? Only makes sense really, to practice what I preach…while I’m preaching. Heh heh.
I hit a giant speed bump known as the “holiday weekend” and not just slid off of the healthy wagon but was catapulted into a plate full of hot dogs, potato salad, and a few beers & glasses of wine (ok more than a few) to wash it down, with “no time” (read: excuse, but it’s OK) for Insanity.
I have seen numerous times first hand, as well as spend enough time in online health/fitness communities to realize that this is the kind of thing that totally throws people off. This is the kind of bump in the road that could make or break someone’s goals, be it weight loss, marathon training, healthy eating, or just getting into a routine of any type. For two reasons really, the first being that icky feeling of failure. I couldn’t stick with it. I blew it. All that hard work down the drain, etc. The second, and probably hardest part: starting back up. EVERYONE knows that once you are on a roll, it’s easier to get up off the couch. Push play. Get out the door and run. Whatever it is you do. But after a few days (weeks, months, years) off, the idea of getting the ball rolling again is scary. Painful. And so they just quit. Not worth it if you can’t stick with it, right?
There was a time I felt the same way. It wasn’t until I realized that you HAVE to change your mindset that the feelings of guilt and fret disappeared.
You see, exercise and healthy eating NEED to be a part of your daily life. A habit. Not a quick fix. Not something you do “JUST until I hit ____lbs or fit into my pre-pregnancy jeans” etc. Nope. It needs to be a part of your life, FOREVER. I’m talking, if you are 80 years old and using a cane, I fully expect to see you at Silver Sneakers doing your chair yoga.
But, just like everything else in your life, sometimes other things get in the way. Let’s face it, even if you have every intention to make your bed every morning (rumor has it people actually do that, but my house-wifey skills leave a lot to be desired), sometimes you are running late to work. Some days, taking advantage of the beautiful weather and spending the day outdoors means the laundry stays in the basket instead of getting folded.
Do you see where I’m going with this? Sometimes, even the best of intentions are thwarted, and that’s OK. I’m not saying don’t make your healthy lifestyle a priority, quite the contrary. It NEEDS to be a priority. But I am also saying, if you miss a day of working out, or cave and eat a donut…and then another…and maybe sometimes a third (they put something magical in those suckers, I swear) GIVE YOURSELF A BREAK. Your self worth is not determined by the workouts you’ve done, the number on the scale, or the size of your jeans. However, you ARE WORTH picking back up where you left off, and chugging forward. It’s about making healthy decisions MOST of the time, and not beating yourself up if it’s not EVERY time.
And when you quit tearing yourself down about not being perfect…you will quit dreading the workouts, and stop fearing the possiblity of failure. .
And so, back to my unexpected break, that’s what I did. Instead of beating myself up over missing 4 days of Insanity (well, technically 3 since one was a scheduled day off) I said my apologies to Shaun T yesterday (yes, I talk to the incredibly ripped guy on the TV screen like we are BFF’s) and then proceeded to let him kick my booty from one side of my living room to the next. So what if my 60 day plan takes 64 days. Each day, I’m still growing stronger. And THAT is what matters the most.
|thanks for sharing this picture Kelly O, I loved it!|
Take home message: (I got that one from just about every professor I’ve ever had, meaning if you slept through all 50 minutes of class and only remember one thing, remember this:)
Never let fear of failure or fear of difficulty prevent you from starting something. Because even one tiny step forward, no matter how small, is still a GIANT LEAP compared to doing nothing at all. YOU are worth it.
That is all . Thanks for reading !