I have dug myself a deep hole of excuses and I am ready to claw my way out of it!
This is my pattern and this may or may not be similar to yours. January 1 hits and I am balls to the wall with fitness and nutrition. I know I know I own a fitness company blah blah blah but this is real, no bullshit how my yearly journey starts! EHH I get bored with nutrition so I fall off the wagon and when I say fall off I mean I fall from like a 20 story building FLAT on to my face, no safety net, no harness just splat right on my face. I have my OH SHIT moment…..the pool opens in 4 months, time to button down the hatch again and get to work. This time around I succeed, I am ready for the pool to open, body, mind and spirit! Memorial Day weekend (the weekend the pools here in Denver open) comes along and I decide “what the hell”, the pools are open, I put in the work and hard work also, so I will BINGE this weekend. I will eat what I want, when I want and consume A LOT of beer. Thus falling off the above mentioned WAGON once again, flat on my nicely toned ass that I busted for 4+ months to get in the “best shape of my life” just to throw it all away the WEEKEND the pool opens! WTF????
So here I am eating and drinking whatever I’d like more often than one should I am sure and Labor Day rolls around out of the BLUE! Okay time to pry myself away from the burger and the beer and ROLL myself back on the wagon. You are probably thinking to yourself that I am completely full of shit but I assure you I am not, I simply have good genes working in my favor. Like I was saying Labor Day rolls around and here comes that lovely cycle I have created for myself. It’s like I enjoy the challenge, or enjoy torturing myself each year, but that is something that a Therapist should probably dig a little deeper into! LOL. Back to Labor Day I am ready, I am strong, I can do this again, Barre Central starts our annual Fall 6 week challenge and I FEEL BETTER until good ole Thanksgiving and guess what happens? Yep, I fall, I fall hard, fast, without caution and without care back into this stupid pattern that I have created for myself.
Guess what? THIS YEAR I NEVER GOT BACK ON THE WAGON AFTER THE SUMMER MONTHS OF BURGERS AND BEER and here I am sitting at my computer on October 12, 2018 hitting myself (not really but you get it) trying to figure out WHY? I didn’t start the annual Fit 4 Fall Challenge like I always do (even though people have been asking about it) I have not stopped eating burgers or drinking beer (had both last night, but honestly I have hardly drank since July for no other reason than it is really F*cking hard to teach a Barre + Bounce class hungover), and I really really really want to change this pattern and my guess is that I am not alone!
Answer these questions either for me or for yourself. Why does everything have to start on Monday or the 1stof the month? Why can’t it start on Tuesday or Thursday or November 5th(I am aware that is a Monday)? Why does Thanksgiving have to be a cheat meal? Why can’t it just be the meal of our choosing on Thursday the 3rdweek in November and then Friday go back to what we were doing? Here is another good one…..Why does Thanksgiving mark the END of our nutrition goals EACH AND EVERY YEAR and we pick it back up on January 1 of the next year? It is irritating AF, and could not be good for our guts, our mood swings, our kids (furry or not), our spouse or significant other or ourselves as a WHOLE!
Here is my idea to try to break this never ending cycle not only for myself but hopefully to help those of you that would like to participate. Lets’ start the first annual Holiday Hustle Challenge on November 5 (yes Monday but not right at the beginning of the month) for 6 weeks which would be December 15th. This will include classes, both Barre and cardio classes (bounce or amped) and a nutrition plan for 6 weeks. We will have body fat test before and after to track progress, you can eat Thanksgiving, breakfast, lunch and dinner if you want on Thursday but then COME BACK Friday ready to work again, knowing you just broke a pattern, you didn’t fall off the wagon and that you do have self control. YOU ARE NOT ALLOWED to feel bad for stuffing your face on Thanksgiving as it is our god given right to do so IF we choose. On vacation for the holiday SO WHAT, enjoy your vacation but try it differently this time. Workout, eat “sensibly” 2 of the 3 meals a day etc etc and when you get back home, COME BACK! December 15thuntil the end of the year is yours to handle. JUST try to do it differently than you have in the past even if it is just one meal a day or workout, just DO IT.
What do you think? Am I completely nuts? We all know I am a little nuts so that does not count. I clearly need to break this pattern as my ass isn’t going to continue snapping back in to place each time in X number of weeks. It will begin to take months, than years and honestly I have no interest in all that nonsense. I AM READY ARE YOU?
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