Taking the bad weeks in stride, and staying on target.

Lately, things have been rough in my fitness regime.  7 of the last 10 days I’ve been over my calorie goal (1000 cal. deficit), many of those days by a lot of calories, the worst being 1300 over.

Unsurprisingly, I have not lost any more weight.  I have not enjoyed any new “added bonuses”.  My workouts have been fewer and less intense.  And in general my life feels more and more out of control.

My workouts have dwindled – I skipped Monday and Wednesday despite having time to exercise.  I told myself I would get ahead on the school work that I’ve been neglecting. That didn’t even happen.

My nutrition has been terrible.  In my “effort” to work on my school work I’ve been mindlessly snacking.  This week we had chips and candy in the house.  After yesterday we did not have chips and candy in the house anymore. I wish I could say they went in the trash.  But I’m going to avoid buying junk food moving forward.  For some reason I don’t always realize it that when I buy junk food it means I’m going to eat it.

I feel like I hit rock bottom yesterday, eating way too much junk and not exercising, but I had an epiphany moment in the evening.  I had a rehearsal for my choir concert coming up this Friday and we practiced with the University Orchestra for the first time. The sound of the strings overcame my mind and the noise and just put me at peace.

Leaving rehearsal I thought about how frustrated I am with the last two weeks health wise and realized that it’s okay.  I’m not going to be able to be perfect all the time.  But I can catch myself when I stumble, and that’s all it is – these last two weeks were a stumble.

I can make today better than yesterday, and make tomorrow better than today.

Traditionally I’ve found setbacks to be extremely difficult – in 2010, the first time I tried calorie counting, I weighed in at 240, lost about 6 lbs, plateaued for a while, and then gave  up. I’ve repeated that same cycle many times in the last 3 years.

This time I’m taking my little failure with a grain of salt, and I’m going to get right back on track.  This morning I swam 4km and I think I’m poised for a good nutritious food day.

How do you stay motivated after a disappointing week or two?


6 thoughts on “Taking the bad weeks in stride, and staying on target.

  1. The cyclical nature of trying to maintain health/fitness/nutrition has always been the hardest part for me. If I mess up, I tend to just throw away the whole day/week until I have a good “starting over” point again. To keep motivated I try to look at each decision very thoughtfully. So many of the unhealthy things I have found myself doing in the past are incredibly short term rewards, and I realize that my end goals are so much more important than temporary satisfaction. Good luck, you can do it 🙂

    • Thanks for commenting!

      You hit the nail on the head, there’s a sense of throwing my arms up in frustration and saying screw it to eating 3 bags of m&ms because, hey, I’m already failing!

      It is definitely a good habit to be able to stop yourself and say “ok, are the m&ms really going to make you feel better overall?” Haha!

  2. Studying always made me want to eat and eat and eat. I used to freeze grapes and suck on them just to keep my mouth occupied. I also eat weird things like edamame with hot wing sauce, which I come up with by acknowledging my cravings, then thinking of ways to make something similar but healthier. Another example – if I crave Sour Patch Kids (my favorite candy!), I get fresh pineapple or granny smith apples. When I’m not at home, I have some “go to” fast foods that are relatively healthy/low calorie and filling- like fresco style bean burritos from Taco Bell, or a soup/salad combo from Panera.

    Re: the working out – when I’m feeling tired/not up to working out but I’m pretty sure it’s a mental thing affecting my body and not genuinely needing a rest day, I have steps I have to go through. I listen to my favorite “get pumped up songs”, get totally dressed/packed and ready for the gym, and walk out the door and down the block (for you this might be getting in the car). If I STILL feel like crap, I can stay home. But most of the time, just getting dressed and out the door is the hardest part… and if after all that you still don’t want to work out, you shouldn’t feel guilty because it’s your body telling you it’s time to rest.

    With the studying, remember that working out helps increase mental focus/ability.

    Change is hard. Consistency is the most important thing when it comes to fitness/dietary health. Don’t forget, the farther you progress in your journey, the easier and more natural it will be to workout frequently and eat healthier. It’s okay to stumble so long as you get right back up. Keep at it!

    • Thanks for the encouragement. Lots of great suggestions there I will definitely be taking your advice 🙂

      I’m also finding that blogging keeps me more accountable – the days I blog I tend to make better choices.

    • And you’re absolutely right about the working out. I’ve been struggling with some mental health issues and working out makes me feel better… But sometimes it’s hard roger to the point of working out.


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