I need to get my butt MOVING. Like Now. I need to get my hand and mouth to start coordinating the best foods to feed me. Like Now. I just need to get back on track!
It’s really hard though right? I can not imagine that I am the only person in the world that has struggled with feeling really great and healthy and then suddenly just fall off the wagon and have trouble catching back up to the pumpkin wagon that is constantly dropping pumpkins (or pumpkin treats) at me.
I have just been feeling a little rough. My attitude has been slightly off, my pants are just a little tighter, and I am just not feeling 100% like myself and it is VERY easy to pin-point… I’ve simply fallen off my healthy wagon a little bit. After the wedding came the honeymoon and after the honeymoon came enormous amounts of career work and school work and off went my normal healthy routine. I am still going to CrossFit class 2x a week so that is majorly helping but it’s really my diet and my running that has been off. Plus, I’m feeling not so great about myself when I look in the mirror. Not A LOT has changed in just a month but there are certainly a few things around that weren’t there before and I just don’t like the look of them.
So how do I get back on track..
1. I remember my commitments- I cannot lose sight of the fact that in just a few short weeks my butt is signed up to do a 15K which is about 9 miles so it is absolutely critical that I train for this. Lack of training=injuries and injuries=misery and I just won’t let this happen. I’m finally in a place in my running where I could probably just pick up and do a 9 mile run and not feel terrible afterward but my body would be much less sore and feel much better if I would just get out there and train. Run date: November 18th. Here are my goal plans for the next 3 weeks
- Next week: Run 3 days during the week at least 3 mile every day with a 4 miler in there
- 2nd week: Run 3 days during the week at least 3 miles every day with a 5 miler
- 3rd week: Run 3 days during the week at least 3 miles every win with a 7 miler in there
As you can see I try to be very realistic about my runs. I know that I am limited on time and therefore I cannot really commit more than a 3 miler each and every time I run. BUT I can commit it at least once a week. So be is a weekend or a weekday where I can spend an hour or more on a run I’ll get it done. There I said it, I wrote it, and now I just gotta do it.
This will be me..
2. I grocery shop right- I KNOW that I love sweets. Heck, I’m 26 years old I should have a general idea of what my taste preferences are. Sour Patch Kids… Twizzlers… Taffy… delicious. So if I have it in the house- it calls to me. Literally it does. So how do I combat this? Simple. Don’t have it in the house. Honestly, for me at least, nutrition is the #1 thing that holds me back from being what I want to be… yet it isn’t the food itself tying me down to a chair and jumping in my mouth (although gosh some days it feels like it) it’s me. It’s my head telling me that it is “ok- it’s just one cookie” and then my belly that says “I NEED 10 MORE COOKIES” *please read that in a Cookie Monster voice for the full effect” these are all my decisions and I can’t blame anyone else. At some point you just have to realize that it may just be YOU holding YOU back from being the best YOU can be.
I really wish I could just blame those cookies, but sadly I can’t.
This needs to be me
3. Tell my friends- and maybe even make them work out with you. I find I am far more consistent and motivated when I have a friend sharing in my passion. I’ll probably recruit Tim to start doing some running with me even though it’s not his favorite thing to do and I’ll probably start bothering Ashley, Robyn, and Erin with some exercise text updates! It’s nice when you are so self-motivated that you don’t have to use outside resourced but I think there is something strong about being able to say “I can’t do it along but with your help I can”
and here is what I think about my friends
I found a pretty good quote on the Livestrong website I thought I would share… a little advice about getting back on track.
“Train your weakness and race your strength, advises Brazier. Create a mental checklist and use it to identify athletic weaknesses as you work out. Develop them when you are training for an event, such as a marathon race, but turn off the self-criticism when performing, as it only hurts you at that point.”
I also read this little tid-bit on the same site… may be worth trying if you are really struggling..
“Write a commitment to exercise for 10 days in a row. Sara Haley, California independent fitness coach, says it takes 10 days to break a habit, so tell yourself that you just have to do this for 10 days. When the 10-day period ends, you’ll feel so great that you won’t want to stop. Even if you only succeed on seven of the 10 days, you will be better off than if you had done nothing at all. Eventually you will be back on track.”
And because I’m a sucker for Pinterest and for fitness inspiring fitness pictures/quotes here’s a little something to help you get back on track if you’ve fallen off a little like I have…
So true =)