One of the most important things you can do to help yourself stick to your goals is get into a set routine. When you know ahead of time what you will be doing as far as eating and working out goes, it takes the guesswork out. It also makes it almost impossible to use excuses. I work out 5 days a week. Weekends are usually tournaments or practices, so those are either my rest days or if we have the odd free weekend, I may or may not squeeze in an extra work out.
But what do you do when something unforeseen comes along and wrecks those carefully laid out plans? Well, hopefully you don’t do what I did last night, which was drown your sorrows in Mexican food and then slip quietly into a food coma.
I was out of town over the weekend for my daughter’s softball tournament. I never sleep well in hotels, so after 2 nights of sleeping in an unfamiliar and uncomfortable bed, I guess I was due for the migraine that followed on Monday morning. It was pretty constant all day, despite my best efforts to get rid of it. My workout didn’t happen at all and when it came time for supper, that awesome chef salad I was planning to whip up, wasn’t happening either. The thought of standing in the kitchen chopping up all the veggies, preparing the hard-boiled eggs, and chicken….well, that sounded like torture.
So….we ended up ordering Mexican. And I didn’t just order Mexican. I mean, I ordered MEXICAN. As in I’m pretty sure I consumed enough food to easily fill two people. Possibly three, three and a half.
I don’t really know what it is about not feeling well that makes me throw all reason and logic out the window, but that seems to be the way it is for me. So, what can you do when this happens? What horrifying punishment unfolds for veering from the carefully laid out path you have set for yourself?
You do nothing. You just accept it for what it is, which is a momentary lapse in judgement due to the fact that it felt like there was an ice pick sticking out of your right eye, and move on. Sometimes you just have to give yourself a get out of jail free card & then just let it all go. Because honestly, what good will come from beating yourself up, other than another bad day which could potentially lead to more bad decisions?
The world doesn’t end and the sun still shines the next day. The next day is filled with 24 hours of new and better choices to be made. Use those extra carbs and calories from the night before to obliterate your workout. Be vigilant in making sure that you are getting your water in. Go for a jog or a bike ride. Embrace the fact that you are an imperfect human being who makes mistakes, but one who isn’t afraid to get back on track the next day and walk away from that migraine-induced Mexican fiesta like a boss.
Mistakes happen. Own it and move on. When we learn that one mistake isn’t going to undo all the hard work and discipline we’ve put into this, that is when we are successful. It’s when you let one bad day turn into two or three that you start to have trouble. Don’t let one bad day ruin it for you. It’s not the end of the world, it’s just life happening. Resume your routine the next day and keep pushing forward.