I’m back!!! Vacation was awesome!! I feel rested, refreshed and relaxed, so much so that I had to coach myself to get back to work today :). Hey, even your coach struggles with motivation sometimes. We all do.
Speaking of which, I have a confession to make. Remember how I said in my last post that I planned to maintain my weight while away? Are you ready for that classic line? Here it goes: “What had happened was…I gained 3 pounds!" I know, I know. You probably expect more from your coach but let me explain what happened!
I left Charlotte with good intentions and followed through on them for the first day (Wednesday). I ate a nice healthy turkey sausage and egg white wrap before getting on the road, ate the snacks I packed in transit (a KIND bar and grapes), enjoyed a nice salmon salad for lunch and a lean steak salad for dinner. I was on fire! And then it happened. On Thursday I had absolutely positively no motivation to continue along the path I had started. Have you ever felt that way?
Thursday was my birthday and let’s be clear, I totally planned to enjoy some tasty treats. But I didn’t plan to overdo it at breakfast, lunch, and dinner! I recovered on Friday but then veered off track again on Saturday! By Sunday a part of me was almost sick of eating off plan while the other part wondered what the next tasty dish would be. Have you ever been there? It was like I had the devil on one shoulder and an angel on the other. I hate to tell you that the devil won for the 1st half of the day. I continued to overdo it until returning to Charlotte Sunday afternoon. Ugh. I hate it when that happens!
I know this looks bad but there were a few accomplishments. I did stick to my workout schedule. It just wasn't enough activity to offset what I was eating. Remember: Most of us don't have the time or energy to out exercise a bad diet! But hey, I was proud of myself for not completely abandoning ship. I also forced myself to eat fruit and veggies every day and drink water. In then end, though, it simply wasn't enough to accomplish my goal.
You may be thinking, “How did this happen? You began with the end in mind. You knew exactly what you wanted to accomplish. How then did it all fall apart?” They say hindsight is 20/20 and I have to agree. It was very important that I begin with the end in mind, but I neglected to include a critical step. And because this step is, well, critical, and I skipped it, my entire well intentioned plan fell a part in ONE day.
I had asked myself ALL the right questions except one:
(The Missing Link): Am I willing to make this sacrifice? No (in retrospect, of course).
Here’s the cold hard truth: I wanted the BENEFITS of what I wanted to accomplish, but deep down in my heart I wasn’t WILLING to do the WORK that it required. In the moment of decision, my want for tasty treats outweighed my desire to “look my best.” I lost sight of my why. Instead of focusing on what I wanted in the end, I allowed myself to be ensnared by what I wanted in the moment. Bummer, huh?
Now what? Where do I go from here?
First let me tell you what DIDN’T happen:
Second, what am I going to do now? Well, you’ll have to wait for tomorrow’s post where I will reveal my “getting back on track” plan.
In the meantime, let me share some good news with you: A temporary lapse in judgment is not the end for you. You can recover. How do I know? I’VE BEEN HERE BEFORE and I’M STILL HERE. My lapses didn’t send me spiraling out of control. I survived every last one of them and I’ll survive this one too. And if you’re reading this because you’ve lost control, you can survive too. I’ll show you how.
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