I woke up this morning not wanting to work out. I realized in that moment I could make a choice. I could show up as an adult and do the work, even though I really didn’t want to. I didn’t feel great because of the food I ate last night. I was just in that sluggish place.
I said, “Just show up. Do the work and see how you feel after. Cut yourself some slack. Do what you can do,” that kind of thing. So I went and I worked out. It wasn’t a bad workout. It was fine.
What I realized was what a difference it was between where I am now and where I was when I would repeat the yo-yo diet cycle. I wouldn’t have done what I did this morning. I wouldn’t have shown up and done the work. One negative would have created a week of negative. It wouldn’t have stopped with that one instance.
I’m sharing this because I’m honest, and I always want to be brutally honest and say, “Sometimes I screw up and sometimes my eating just looks really bad.” It doesn’t happen often, but it does happen.
There are times I beat myself up. There are times I don’t want to do it. That’s the honest reality. But I conditioned myself and created enough good habits that I woke up this morning, got my water, went to the gym and did my workout, and now I feel somewhat back to my normal self.
You have to have those habits in place long enough that when you have those small backslides in your thinking or your behaviors, the habits are there, and they’re well-established and they trip in.
When you question whether you should be putting all this effort into building those habits, remember that sometimes those are the only things that are going to get you back on track. Those habits are key. That’s what’s going to get a derailed train back on the right track and right path. Over time, those things become so ingrained in you, you feel awkward not doing them.
There’s a light at the end of the tunnel. These slip-ups you’re having during weight loss will continue in weight maintenance, and they’re to be expected. They are going to happen from time to time. The habits that you’re establishing now are going to be the things that kick you back into where you need to be to have a normal week for yourself. That way, one bad night won’t turn into a bad week.
I’m sharing this because I think it’s important in this particular industry of weight loss and fitness to be completely transparent. You don’t have to be perfect. You’re going to have those slip-ups. That’s just part of this process, and nobody, nobody is perfect.
I don’t care what they’re selling or what they’re saying. They have moments of weakness. They have moments when they don’t do as planned. They have moments when they eat things they wish they hadn’t eaten the next day. Pick yourself up. Get back to your habits. That’s what I did today, and I feel so much better.
I hope you guys are having a wonderful day. I just wanted to share that very real moment with you. Have you had a similar experience? Comment below or on Facebook and share your story.