Is this you? Has the effects of coronavirus have you relapsing into your old unhealthy habits?
The sad truth is that nearly everyone who started off 2020 with strong fitness goals is now about throw in the towel. I sincerely hope that this is not you.
Here is the cycle that happens when you relapse into your old unhealthy habits. Plus how to pick yourself back up.
1) First You Fall
Your fall off the wagon could take place in a single moment, or it could be the result of a drawn out process. Even if there was no coronavirus, you could easily fall out of exercise slowly as a result of other health problems or other various life issues that spring up and monopolize your time.
Illness, vacation, holidays, changes at work or any other change in your schedule are all things that’ll get you off the wagon. Once you’re off, the real damage begins. And all of us are getting taken out of our normal schedule right now.
2) Second You Surrender
There comes a point after you fall off the wagon that you simply throw your hands up in the air and give in. It may be a dramatic moment when you decide to eat anything you want, or when you begin to use food for comfort and to ease stress (how many of you are doing this right now?).
Surrender is the most destructive part of the cycle. You remove all expectations from yourself and as a result you plummet into an unhealthy realm. The progress that you’ve made toward your goals is lost and even more weight is gained.
3) Then You Hit Bottom
Inevitably there comes the moment when you hit bottom. Your body shows the new weight gain and you feel awful about it. This is a sobering moment when you see what you’ve allowed yourself to become, and you don’t like it one bit. Negative, defeated thoughts run through your mind. While hitting bottom is never a fun experience, for many of you it may be a necessary one. The pain must become great enough for you to turn it around and take the control back.
4) Finally You Take Control
Now comes the good part. When you hit bottom, you were out of control. Now you’re ready to once again grab the reigns. You’re ready to put yourself back onto your priority list. Set healthy guidelines for your diet and get back into a regular schedule of working out. Set specific goals for yourself that are realistic and within a set timeframe. Now get to work, reclaiming your body, your freedom and your life.
Has the events in the last couple of weeks caused you to fall off your priority list...and in turn, fall off the exercise wagon?
There is no reason why, during this troubled time, that you can't put yourself back on that priority list. Decide that you are worth it. Not later. Not when it's all over. Now.
I’m here to help you do just that. All of my clients are getting in-home workouts to execute. A combination of strength training days and metabolic conditioning days with three different versions to choose from: 1) Those who only have access to bodyweight, 2) Those who have some dumbbells and/or bands, and 3) Those who have a pretty good home gym set-up.
Remember, life will always give you an excuse to stop working towards your goals – it’s up to you to fight back for what you truly want.