We’ve all been there.
There is a point where feeling bad feels normal. You constantly feel fatigued, unmotivated. You watch your muscle tone soften and feel your jeans tighten along your torso, your thighs, and your calves. Your skin tone is pallor, and you can’t even focus on the simplest tasks, let alone your German homework (personal anecdote!).
The source of this malaise isn’t a mystery. It is the burger, fries and large soda on the late night drive home. It is catching up over a beer with a long lost friend, or guzzling one of those caffeinated sugar bombs a certain chain coffee store offers on the way to work, school or wherever.
Reaching this point can be a slow, insidious process after months of eating right and exercising. When you start feeling good and seeing results, you may reward yourself with a few days off from the gym or a piece of pie after dinner. Your motivation may wane gradually, and you may focus less on your eating and exercise habits. Or that process can be abrupt; school may start or a new project at work might come in. In a matter of days, you find yourself without the time to even think about being healthy, let alone cook Phase 1 or 2 or go for a jog. Both roads, however, lead to the same place. Feeling bad feels normal.
I’ve reached this point many times by both routes.
Breaking a positive feedback cycle is one of the toughest mistakes to remedy. Momentum is key, especially in the early stages of diet and exercising. Even when you tell yourself enough is enough, good habits that have been broken for a while don’t always resume quite so easily.
I had this very thing happen last week. I even took the time to go to the grocery store on Sunday. Then Monday came. The entire week became a hectic, torrential storm of traveling, homework, pop-quizzes, and reconnecting with old friends. I didn’t even cook any of the food I had bought.
I decided that this week was going to be different. I’ve written down a schedule of meals that is as set in stone as my course schedule. I even went one further; all the food is prepared and waiting in the fridge to be heated up in our oven. I’ll keep you posted on how it goes this week.
Do you have any planning techniques that help you stay healthy when life gets hectic?