How To Get Back on the Fitness Wagon When You Have Fallen Off
My friend invited me to Zumba today, and I wanted to decline her invitation immediately. Up until now I had avoided the high energy workout craze like the plague. I know my limitations, I am not the most coordinated and my two left feet were sure to make me a laughing stock. Today I decided that I wouldn’t let my fear of looking like a fool hold me back, so I accepted her invitation.
Let me tell you, I nearly gave up five different times, and I was sure I was close to passing out. However, I dug down deep and managed to get through the class. Today’s class slapped me square in the face with the cold hard truth…I am utterly and completely out of shape! I was doing well for awhile with working out and eating right, but then some where between winter and spring I fell off the wagon.
Weight has always been a struggle of mine. However, there was something about today’s class that woke up a place inside of me that was deep in denial. My weight problem isn’t something I can keep ignoring, or only making about how my clothes fit. My very mobility is being challenged by the excess weight I am carrying. I am still a relatively young woman, but Zumba kicked my butt so hard, I am here wishing I had some icy hot to ease away the pain in my limbs.
I still have dreams about jet-setting around the world, running my own corporation, having a family just to name a few of my top goals. All of these things require me to be healthy, and in the best shape mentally and physically. Therefore, resting on my laurels can no longer be the choice. It’s time for me to make health and fitness a priority in my life.
I believe in having a plan – below are the steps I will be taking to get back on the wagon. If you are looking for a way to reclaim your health hopefully you will find these tips helpful as well.
Clean house – All of the processed junk food has to go. The fewer temptations around the better. Instead, I will be filling my cupboards and refrigerator with healthier snack options, lean meats, and fresh fruit and vegetables. I have tried for years, but alas eating what I want has never helped my weight loss goals, so out with the bad in with the good.
Commit to a realistic workout strategy – It’s important to pick a workout routine that you will enjoy and stick with. Zumba while fun, is something I try again once the shock if this experience wears off. I will however, be starting with Aqua Fitness and committing to working out at least 3 days a week. Over time once I get back into a routine, my goal will be to increase the number of days I work out until fitness becomes a natural part of my lifestyle.
Reduce Stress – Stress is the big ugly monster in most of our lives. Learning to manage stress so that it doesn’t negatively impact your life and health is very important. I have found that self-care goes a long way towards helping to reduce my stress, so I will be focusing on ways to incorporate more of this into my schedule. Even if it’s just getting a pedicure, I will make time to decompress and clear my mind.
Write it out, don’t eat it out – I am an emotional eater, and I believe I have been my entire life. In order to manage my feelings so that I don’t fall into a pattern of binge eating when I am having a bad day, I will try to journal more to. Writing, specifically journaling has always helped me work through my feelings when they overwhelm me. So instead of reaching for ice cream or cake, I will be reaching for my pen and paper.
Involve friends and family – Having a support system goes a long way towards to helping you stay on course. It helps when they know you have adopted a new lifestyle so that they won’t be trying to tempt you with delicious fattening meals (looking at you mom). Also partnering with friends for fitness related activities is a way to get a workout in while also having fun.
The most important thing is to never give up, be kind to yourself even when you stumble and always remember you are capable of achieving any goal you put your mind to.If you stumble, make it part of the dance. - Unknown Click To Tweet