05 Jun 2017
Falling off (and getting back on) the wagon....
Falling off (and getting back on) the wagon…
Sooo it’s been a while since I last blogged and if I’m being honest the lag is due to the fact that I’ve actually lost my mojo a bit these past few weeks. And everything was going so well! Since the New Year I’d been sticking to healthy eating, working out regularly, making sure I got my 10K steps in and drinking a ton of water. I ran a 5K in March with my mum who only started running in January and then a 10K in 2 weeks ago – we ran an excellent time and I was so proud of mum. The weather was against us on both occasions (torrential rain in March and scorching sun in May) so they were both tough runs in their own way. But we did it and we were both very proud of our achievements. Our hard training had paid off and I was feeling fit and motivated.
I had a wedding to go to in Aberdeen over the bank holiday at the end of April and due to my post-Christmas efforts I was delighted to be able to wear a beautiful tulle skirt 2 dress sizes smaller than the size I was wearing at the start of the year. The wedding was amazing and I felt amazing. So amazing that I stuffed my face with all manner of treats and wine as a reward for my hard work up to that point, I deserved it I thought – time to cut myself a bit of slack and let loose. Unfortunately a bit of slack turned into an awful lot of slack. Once I came home from the wedding, apart from the odd jog in preparation for the 10K I really did not do much in the way of workouts. I also found it really difficult to get back into the swing of healthy eating. As I had so much junk during my break, I kept telling myself that a bit more wouldn’t hurt and things just snowballed. Whilst I’m not a big fan of the scales, I could tell from the increasing tightness of my clothes that things were sliding in the wrong direction health and weight wise.
Last week I resolved to get back on the wagon though – hurrah. Prior to my little lapse I was really enjoying the ‘Weight Loss Plan’ in the weight loss zone on Myfitzone, but in order to ease myself back in gently I have started a ‘My Busy Life Plan’ which has shorter workouts to keep me motivated and less likely to skip workouts. I’m really enjoying it and the slightly smug feeling of knowing that I’ve done my workouts for the day and eaten well. I find that once I get started and back into a programme, it is easier to stick to it and find your groove again. Willpower is a muscle everyone – use it or lose it!!
Whilst getting back into the groove, I spent some time reflecting on what I have learned about myself over the past few weeks. Firstly, having something to focus on goal wise clearly works well for me. As I’ve mentioned in previous blogs I’m a planner. I like to have a plan of attack for the upcoming week detailing what I’m going to eat and what I’m going to do workout wise. Having the runs in the diary whilst training for my races provided a countdown and allowed me to structure meaningful workouts that helped me to achieve my goal, step by step. Secondly, I’ve learned not to fall into the trap of carrying on reaching for the treats when you’ve overdone. The ‘in for a penny, in for a pound (lb!!)’ mentality is not the way to go!!
Let’s keep it up everyone. It’s not easy getting back the wagon but you can do it.