On & Off The Fitness Wagon

The past few weeks have been very up and down for me in terms of fitness and weight. My post-Christmas fitness was a total mess, and I could feel myself putting back on the pounds. Avoiding the scale out of shame and embarrassment  I let myself go further and further down the rabbit hole. Note to self – never avoid the scale for too long. It’s important to not step on it daily, but weekly is a good time frame to make sure you are keeping yourself in line. Otherwise, as I’ve learned, things can get away from you…

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Looking back, my “best” weight during my fitness journey has been 108 lbs (down from my original 128 lbs last year). After the food-blur of the holidays, when I finally wiped the chocolate from my face and brought myself to stand on the scale again, I’d come to the realization that I’d packed on about 5 lbs, which have since fluctuated up and down for the past few weeks, making my mental sanity go right out the window.

When I finally weighed in last week at a staggering 115 lbs last week, I thought I was going to flip out. In fact, I kind of did. I realized that my bad habits had gotten the best of me – missed workouts, injuries, and bad meal choices had really snowballed into one unhealthy package, and I was really feeling the difference.

That’s when I turned the switch in my brain and got back on the wagon. I started this blog, scheduled myself to workout every day last week, and for the most part I stayed well on track. Here was my schedule:

  • Monday – Fire 45 EZ
  • Tuesday – Sculpt 30 / HIIT 20
  • Wednesday – Fire 55 EZ
  • Thursday – Rest Day
  • Friday – Fire 45
  • Saturday – Core 20 / Stretch 40
  • Sunday – Rest Day

I hadn’t intended on resting Sunday as well, but I ended up straining my wrist during Stretch 40 (push-ups) on Saturday, and thought it best to take the day off.

I was discouraged once again yesterday when I began my workout (Fire 45 EZ) and could only make it a little over halfway thru, when a sharp pain in my groin (the same one that has been bothering me on and off since fall) started acting up again. Once again, I thought it best to not continue, and to instead put my feet up.

This killed me. I was so upset. Near tears in fact. Ry had to console me, once again reminding me of all my progress and how working through an injury is rarely a good idea.

I was just so frustrated. I’m done with setbacks, with feeling weak. I just want to be back where I was six months ago. I know it’s only a couple pounds of difference, and I’m still worlds from where I started… but it’s still very discouraging to want to give 150% and to be only able to give, like… 15% (or at least it feels that way).

… BUT – there is a silver lining after all!

This morning I weighed in, for the first time in a week. I was shocked and very pleased to see I had dropped a full 2 lbs since last week! So, despite me not being able to give it my ALL last week, and my huge levels of personal frustration – I still made great progress, and I know I should be very proud of myself (and I really am).

See? None of us are perfect – even coaches, like me! We have our ups, and our downs. It takes hard work, time, consistency, and dedication – but progress can and will be made. I can do this. You can do this.

We can do this!!

xoxoshannon