Hey guys! Just want to take a moment to touch on something that I think can blindside all of us.
As a trainer and a health professional, I try my best to live a healthy lifestyle, to stay fit, to eat well, and to get enough rest. As a trainer, people expect I do it all the time, that it's easy for me and that I never fall off the wagon. I want to tell you....that's horse hockey! When my dad died, I most definitely fell off the wagon, stopped working out, fell into depression, ate poorly and gained 30 lbs. Do I recommend that you do that? OF COURSE NOT. However, believe me when I say: "I understand why, and when you do." I have been there guys. I have struggled. I have put on my workout clothes only to sit on the couch and watch one more episode from Netflix.
Why on EARTH would I tell you this, you may be asking? Why would I share this with you and put it out there? Because I think it's important that you know that it happens, that even those of us who make our living helping others avoid this pitfall.....have bad days, weeks or months. And that the most important thing is to simply be aware of it, and then TAKE RESPONSIBILITY. To know that you are capable of hopping back on at any moment. At any time, you can choose to jump up, dust yourself off, and get back on track. For me, falling off the wagon happens less and less as the years go by....but it's a slippery slope. Anything can trigger it. A tragedy, busy work schedules, the stress of life as a parent, or even the most wonderful of things like a vacation or a wedding. And for me I am diligent because it has a snowball effect.
Many of you may not know that as a child, teen, and young adult, I struggled with Compulsive Overeating Disorder. It was something that shaped my body, my fitness, and my emotional state. Over the years I learned to develop a healthy relationship with food, but I have to continue to remind myself when I hit a wedding, vacation, or even when I just get down, that it is in my best interest to "Love the Foods That Love My Body...." Because when I don't....when I fall into old patterns with food, it can trigger a domino effect that leaves me feeling tired, sluggish, unmotivated and depressed.
I am here to tell you that getting back on the wagon, although it may seem insurmountable at times....is as simple as going for a walk instead of watching T.V. It can make all the difference in the world to eat a piece of fruit vs. the chips in your cupboard. One step at a time, one healthy choice at a time, you can make your journey to wellness a reality instead of a mountain you are afraid to climb.
I know it's not always easy. I know sometimes when you fall away from your healthy habits, and gain a few pounds, or your cardio endurance isn't what it was last year because you stopped running, or you can only lift half as much as you could when you were in your twenties, it can be easy to focus on the "I can't..." or the "It's impossible," mindset. What I am here to tell you is that you HAVE to change your mental story! This is the tough love part of what I do. I have to do this for not only my clients, but myself sometimes too. As long as your story in your mind is that "I can't." You will be right! You won't. The moment that you decide that "I can,"........."I will....." and "I am committed to my health," are the CORE of your story, you.....WILL.
The big thing to remember once you get to "I can...." is that the road to a healthy and strong pull up, dead lift, snatch, running ability, or any skill you may want to master, doesn't begin at expert levels. You need to build a strong foundation. You need to make sure that your first goal is to be functional and safe. An injury can derail your fitness and health goals in a split second. That is why I love the Functional Movement System! And it's why I do what I do in this great big sea of fitness philosophies.
However, I digress! I promise to share more in a future posting, but for today...the big take away, is that falling off the wagon, backsliding, and bad habits happen to all of us. The difference comes in how you handle it when it does. First and foremost, practice kindness, and forgiveness with yourself. Putting yourself down or beating yourself up doesn't help things. Love yourself first. Forgive yourself when it happens, but then decide that you love your body and your soul ENOUGH, to get back.....on the wagon.