Pushing through the Hiccups in Life

In my ‘real job’ we’ve been working on a project for two years that just went into production. It was a major effort and during the switch I had to sub out most of my classes and work non-stop, through it all. Fun? Yea, not really.

Almost as a ‘thank you for donating your existence to us right now’ the company brought lunch in for us every day last week. Did I mention that I love food? Yea, I mean I really do. So last week my consistently good eating took a nose day for pasta, pizza, burgers, and bbq .. OH MY!

This is what happens .. we slip a bit and then the guilt becomes so much worse than the damage we are actually doing. Was I eating like crazy? Really I wasn’t ‘that’ bad .. I was just eating my larger meal for lunch then lighter in the evening.  I was watching it to a point.

But I’d look in the mirror and think I gained 25 pounds .. I wasn’t exercising for 4 days (which never happens to me!). I was probably taking in more sodium than normal … and definitely drinking less water than normal.

I was moping about it but I stopped ….

If You StumbleI reminded myself that I alone was making these decisions … both that I was, how much, and what else I was not doing that I knew I should.

Then I asked myself .. what is more important .. my health or those burgers.

That was it.

We get lured into temptations .. no matter what shape you are or are not in. It happens to everyone. Yes, it is ok to take a detour on occasion because we are human and we need those guilty indulges. But, if we want to live a healthy lifestyle we have to be mentally strong enough to want health over temptation.

We know where that other path goes .. we also know where this good path goes.

We never stop choosing the right or wrong path. The temptation really never goes away. Stay strong, regroup, and stay the course. It is worth it.

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Fitness & Exercising – How Can We Avoid the Dreaded Plateau?

This is typically how it goes … we decide that we are going to make a change .. that change in our life for the better.

We are focused. We start eating better, we are working out, and we start seeing results. YES! We get momentum going and keep pushing ahead.

Then, even though we are doing everything right, it happens. We hit that dreaded plateau and suddenly we stop changing.

What? But we have been faithfully sticking to the plan .. how can this happen. It happens. Let us talk it over.

When we first make a change in habits, for the better our worse, our body reacts to it, and adjusts. Eating better? Burning more calories? Our body starts working more efficiently and that is when change happens. Eventually, however our body adapts to this new schedule, this new life, and it no longer needs to adapt as much. We may still progress, but it just won’t be at the rate that we say before.

This would be a fitness or eating plateau and yes, most everyone has hit it at one time or another.

So, do we accept this as defeat and just go back to our old ways? Of course not. We do exactly what we did before .. we confuse our body back into adjusting again. How?

Change up the order of your routine. When we do the same thing over and over again our body learns what to expect. Change it up. Maybe switch workouts, switch orders, something to throw it all off track.

Take group fitness classes? Try taking something different. Head into that bootcamp class you have never tried. Change the moves up.

Change your focus a bit in your workout. Are you a runner? Maybe switch to speedwork intervals. Maybe work on hills.

Maybe tweak our eating a bit. This is a good time to either change where our big meal is or maybe refine our eating a bit. Make t a goal to cut a bit more sugar out for a couple of weeks. Make a few tweaks to get away from what we are used to.

These are a few suggestions but there can be so many more! The objective is to keep our body evolving and adapting to our fitness journey. If it has to keep adjusting it will keep changing!

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New Year’s Resolutions – Why I am not a Fan and How We Can Look at them Better

I will admit to not being a big fan of New Year’s resolutions. Maybe it’s because I look at them a bit unrealistically.

We start creating this long list of this huge goals that we want to accomplish because, this year, we are going to make 180 degree changes in our lives.

We start with the best of intentions. We are focused, unwaivering .. we are reaching HIGH and we are going to make it this time!

… Then, a few weeks later we stumble and fall. Sometimes we pick ourselves up and keep going, other times we tell ourselves that we will just take a few days and then we will start again and REALLY make it this time!

After so many falls, we get up, flick the dirt of our legs, and say forget it!  .. Mission failed .. oh well, maybe we’ll try again next year, eh?

… So, I’m not a fan of New Year’s resolutions. For similar reasons I am not a fan of Monday resolutions either … you may know what I mean by that too .. !   ((I’ll start being better on Monday))

I’m pretty sure that we want to succeed, otherwise we would not bother trying in the first place. So, let’s set goals but let’s start with low hanging fruit. I’d rather succeed in 15 little bitty goals than to fail at one huge goal. With every success we will feel more confident and realize that yea, we can keep going. Reaching goals is part dedication, part confidence, part being human, and a few other goodies mixed in.

Strive for 5 pounds instead of 40, aim to work out once a week, then maybe twice, then go from there. Work on improving things while keeping goals attainable and sustainable.

If you do that, you never know how things may look in 6 months!

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