I can't believe we are already sitting half way through September! I cannot even tell you how fast this year has been flying by. I think with my move, the transition into settling in Austin, having 5 weddings (in 3 of them!) and 4 bachelorette parties is finally catching up with me. I have basically been gone every other weekend, and in between that have had visitors and friends move here, and loads upon loads of happy hours. I am also building my clientele at 2 locations here in Austin, which is slowly but surely growing. All positive things happening here- just a lot when you just want to hang out in your new city for more than a few weeks! The realization I had last week when I was really sick, was that I had eaten out at a restaurant for at least 1 meal for 10 days in a row. 10 days!? Not my usual routine. During these 10 days, and all the other weekends that I have been gone, I tell myself I'm just going to have to deal with this until the wedding travel is over. But that excuse has lead to weight gain, lack of motivation, and laziness. It goes hand in hand with the "I'll start my diet Monday" excuse or "I'll workout on Monday" excuse. Yes, I preach a life balance, but more on the 80/20 life balance rather where I'm at right now.
I went to the doctor a few days ago and hopped on the scale. Weighing myself is something I never do but, doctor's orders. I have gained 6 pounds since moving to Austin. Now, I'm not throwing myself a pity party and asking for you to feel bad for me. I'm not saying I'm overweight and unhealthy. And I'm not asking you to tell me I'm fit. I'm not asking you to say or think anything about my body actually. I am actually in no way worried about this number, I am just being honest with you. And I also want to point out how the excuse of "starting Monday" or waiting for a series of events to end can lead you to weight gain as well.
I've had clients and friends who have come to me for help, yet end up saying "well you've never been overweight, you won't understand." or "you have been an athlete your whole life and you enjoy working out." and, "you don't know what it's like to lose the extra 10 pounds." You're right. I don't know. I have been fit my whole life. I grew up playing soccer and running track, and my days are not complete without a workout. And now, I have to work my ass off to stay fit, in the gym and in the kitchen. (HELLO late 20's!) However, these last couple of months, I've found myself making the excuse of "I'll be out of my routine for a little and hop right back into my health." I haven't completely given up on my workouts, but for my "balance" philosophy, my workouts have not been enough to justify this food and alcohol intake.
Since my last couple of months of eating unhealthy, I've been tired, unmotivated, bloated, lacked energy, and found every excuse I could make. Sound familiar? This is where the spiral starts. This is where the weight gain and unhealthy choices start for most people who are struggling with their health. They are tired and unmotivated, so therefore they will make every excuse in the book to not exercise or cook anything healthy. They will probably go out to eat instead of cook at home, sit on the couch instead of take a walk, and head straight to happy hour instead of their usual after work jog. They will make excuses for these behaviors because the stress of being out of routine will just suddenly disappear one day right? Wrong.
STOP. THE. SPIRAL. Do whatever it is you can to get back on track and stop listening to the voices in your head that are telling you you are tired and have no energy. Stop saying you will get back to your routine when x, y and z is over. Those excuses can turn into weeks, which then turn into months, then into years, then they take control of your life. Be in control of your health. You control what goes into your body. You control how you treat your body. You control your body's health. You are in control.
I think the best way to stop the spiral is to identify the problem. What is it that is making you say "I'll start Monday." What is it that is making you unmotivated and tired. This blog post has helped me identify the problem. (It's only taken me 3 days for this ramble!) Maybe take 10 minutes to write down in a journal what is going on in your life, so you can tackle it right away, or at least find an easier route on how to tackle it. You're not alone, maybe one of your friends is going through the same thing. I have joined forces with a friend who is in a funk as well. We vent to each other, then push each other into a hard workout and take it all out in the gym. It's so great to have a support system, no matter where you are in your fitness journey! I think the next bit of advice is pretty obvious. Just stop the excuses. Like I said, you are in control of your body.
Just because I live and breathe fitness, doesn't mean I don't struggle too. In the past, I stopped the spiral by ditching my excuses, clearing my head, and getting back on to my healthy meals and hard workouts. I never waited for a Monday, I just picked up where I left off. This is definitely the first time I have ever felt this way, and I don't like it! I'm posting this to hold myself accountable and let you know you are not alone . Most of us struggle with some sort of lack of motivation or body issue. We are all human. Remember that those #squadgoals models, actresses, and Beyonce- they struggle too.
So, let's drop the excuses, get our busy lives back on track, take a deep breath, and continue to smash our goals. If any of this sounds familiar to you or you need some help, please don't hesitate to reach out to me! Comment on here or shoot me a private message. Let's be humans together. :)
"Stop. Breathe. Cry if you must. But keep going."