When life gets in the way: Bouncing back from unhealthy habits
Sometimes great hairdressers have really bad hair. There are highly esteemed doctors that are dangerously overweight. There are mechanics that drive noisy or junky cars and some of the most caring and knowledgeable nurses smoke cigarettes (too many in my opinion!). These things seem a little strange given what they know, do and pour themselves into every day but it doesn't mean they aren't good at what they do, they just aren't always practicing what they preach.
This is where I find myself today. I AM a good health coach (or Health and Wellness Strategist as I prefer to be called). But just like everyone else, sometimes life gets in the way of good intentions and I get a little out of whack. I'm here to be fully honest with you and fully admit that the past year (or so) has had me rather stressed out. My schedule got a little funky and I fell off the exercise wagon (I haven't been a complete slug but I have been sporadic and definitely lacking in the intensity that I normally put into my workouts). Add to that allowing myself to splurge more than I normally do over the holidays and BOOM. I I have hit my limit!
The good thing (for me) is that I have a pretty low tolerance for weight gain. I should explain that (haha)! What I mean is, once I hit a certain point, I can't stand it anymore and I take action rather than let it spiral out of control. The funny thing (and again, good for me) is that the threshold has remained the same for the past 25 years or so. I'm not big on weighing myself regularly. I'm healthy and I don't like to focus too much on the number on the scale. But whenever I get to that tipping point, when I say "ok, enough is enough!", because my clothes are getting a little snug, I'm feeling uncomfortable and maybe the double chin in pictures makes more of an appearance (I can't help it, I'm an enthusiastic smiler) I weigh myself. And lo and behold it's always within a couple of pounds of that same tipping point number every time.
Well, I'm done being a slacker, done feeling like sausage (in certain clothes) and done feeling self conscious because I'm the health coach and I'm feeling fat. My plan is to get myself where I want to be before summer. I'm going to share this journey with you here for a couple of reasons. 1) Because we can all use accountability when we're trying to do hard things and 2) Because maybe you're in the same boat and could use a little encouragement and evidence that with a little persistence, patcience and effort, it can be done!
If you're ready to walk the walk with me, I'd love to have you follow along here or better yet, join me in the private Facebook Group - Tipping Point If you're up for sharing your wins and struggles with me and the rest of the group between now and June 1, 2018.
My goal here is to get back to where I am most comfortable. I'm not going to share actual numbers (as in my weight) with you, not because I'm embarrassed or ashamed, but because I don't want anyone making judgements on themselves based on my situation (for example "Oh she only weighs that much, what is she complaining about?" or "I weigh more than that and I think I'm fine, what does that say about me?"). Everyone is different and everyone has different goals and there's nothing wrong with that. I will tell you, that I'm about 10-15 pounds from where I like to be (might be less depending on how much muscle mass I aquire). I'm SO ready to put in the work, pay a little closer attention to my intake (this is NOT a diet!) and be patient and kind to myself. I look forward to sharing with you, this is exciting! I will be posting a Tuesday Tell All to let you know how things went the previous week. Let's do this!