I’ve been in this spot many times before; some things change, and some stay the same. Sometimes I reside in this place for weeks, sometimes for months. There are times when it’s enjoyable; then there are times when it’s devastating. Might be a bit dramatic, but we’ve all experienced the downfall of our healthy lifestyle. You’ve been doing so well, killing your workout routines and clean eating like a well-oiled machine. Then as quickly as you made it to this sweet spot, you find yourself spiraling out of control and before you know it you’re right back to square one.
I’m experiencing this now. I was slaying my healthy lifestyle. Just a few weeks ago, I miraculously wedged 6 am workouts into my schedule, continued meal prepping for healthier options, and even made time for the occasional meditation. I know like I said I was slaying it but just like the countless times before, I’m starting to fall off the wagon. I haven’t worked out in weeks. It’s terrible for my figure, my stress management, and my wallet as Classpass raised their prices yet again. Sigh. And without meal prep, I’ve succumbed to whatever is easiest and convenient aka pizza and Chinese takeout.
Moderation is key, so I understand that you can’t be all healthy all the time. The occasional slip-up is fine and even necessary. But I need to find out how to not let my off-days become the norm. I refuse to let myself slip back into unhealthy living. No mas! What’s my plan to takeover the world? Well Pinky, it’s a lot simpler than you might think.
Step 1: Uncover the why
Perhaps it’s my double major in psychology waiting to be utilized or the countless therapy sessions I’ve watched on TV shows, but finding out the source is key to any internal battle.
Why did you stop exercising? Why did you choose pizza over salad? Why did you partake in a screaming match instead of meditating?
Dig deep. It’s scary, but be honest with yourself and acknowledging the why will unlock those shackles. The why for my current relapse is because I’ve drained my body to the point where I don’t have much to give. I’m overworked and undernourished; it’s no wonder I’ve fallen off the wagon.Instead of putting myself down, I’m able to confront the problem first hand which allows me to find a solution.
Step 2: What’s the solution
Give yourself time to do some digging and once you’ve determined the ‘why’ put on your Bob the Builder hat and fix it! What’s the antidote to your issue? In my case, I need to learn to lay off the extravagant to-do lists and put myself first. As I mentioned in my latest post, as a busy bee you need to make time for things that matter. So my solution is to make myself a priority. I’m going to get more sleep, take on less, and get my butt back into shape!
Step 3: Stop the fall before it starts
I guess the key is to stop Humpty before he falls right? So expedite step 1 and 2 after the first week of your downfall. That first week can easily turn into months and although it’s never too late, why wait until you hit rock bottom? Breaks are good, and you don’t need to be hard on yourself but get real with yourself. Look at your history and figure out the point between healthy and unhealthy. Make a mental note of that point, and take five steps back. That’s when you need to enlist step 1 and 2 before you’re in too deep!
Step 4: Be impeccable with your word
Our resident spiritual gangster Ashley once shared this invaluable quote from Don Miguel Ruiz. Essentially, our words hold A LOT of value. You have the control to create your reality. With that being said, don’t use your slump to bash yourself or throw a pity party.
Stop feeling sorry for yourself. Stop putting yourself down. Stop saying words like can’t, won’t, never, fat, and unhealthy. Mentally burn those emotions and words and start speaking your vision into existence.
I will hit the gym tomorrow. NOT I’d like to hit the gym but let’s be real, I probably won’t.
I’m working on my healthiest self. NOT Ugh I hate eating healthy.
I’m happy with who I am and where I’m heading NOT I’ll never achieve my health goals.
Think about what you want instead of what you’re lacking, and speak it into existence!
Step 5: Stop making excuses
Now that I’ve shared the tools you need to get back on track, the biggest and most important step of all is to stop making excuses. At the end of the day, no one stands between you and your goals; fitness related or not. So use those positive words to own the change you want to see in your life.
As they say, no if’s, and’s, or but’s about it. Just go after it! Slay Adventurers slay! My biggest fitness excuse was that I didn’t have time to workout at night given my crazy schedule. Guess what, I got serious and pushed myself to stop complaining and start doing. Although I abhor the mornings, I trained myself to be a morning person and wake up at 5:30 for a workout. Hold yourself accountable and do!
I don’t know about you, but I feel jacked up right now! It’s either all the motivation flooding from my mind through my fingers onto this computer screen, or it’s the pre-workout I took from my first run post-slump. Woot Woot, I did it. I took the first step to getting my healthy life back. That’s all it takes, one step to kick off change. So hop back on the healthy bandwagon and use these steps to rehab yourself back to healthy.