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K, let’s get right to the point here: YOU GUYS!! Remember this post? The one where I announced that I was doing an 8-week fitness program (The Love HIIT Body Guide specifically) and would be sharing my results? K, welllllll… this is a #realtalk post where I admit that life happened. Next week would have been the 8-week mark, and truthfully I am nowhere near being ready to do ‘After’ photos.
Why, you ask? Welllllll…. because I may or may not have kind of derailed. For like a solid three weeks.
Hashtag Easter candy.
Hashtag RewardStyle conference, a.k.a no working out + no following a meal plan.
Hashtag I’m human.
That about sums it up! There was a solid three weeks in April where I just wasn’t so much on track with all this ish. Don’t get me wrong – I didn’t completely abandon ship. But enough that my progress kind of stagnated.
SO – what the heck is the point of this post, you ask (you’re like ‘no we didn’t ask that, but I bet you’re gonna tell us anyway…)?
The point is the following:
- To make anyone else who has ever kind of fallen off the wagon with a goal or a plan or a fitness program feel a little better. Cuz hey – I’m right here with ya!
- To demonstrate that falling OFF the wagon doesn’t matter as much as hopping right back on! Which is exactly what I am doing.
- Finally, to RECOMMIT! That’s right. I’m recommitting to this ‘Challenge’. I think what I’m going to do is give myself another 8-weeks of this bad boy. That will make it 12-weeks that I’ve been doing the Love HIIT Body Guide, with a little 3 week hiatus in the middle. Haha! I’ll do my usual thing where I check in as I go, but that’s the plan.
That will make the finish date of this personal challenge: JUNE 30.
That’s the date we’re driving toward. Does that sound like a good plan guys? What do you think?
And in the spirit of re-commitment, I wanted to share a few tips on how to get back on track with a fitness program when you’ve fallen off the wagon. These tips are working for me NOW, and they’ve worked for me in the past. So here you go! Let me know what tips have worked for you!
5 Tips for Getting Back on Track with Your Fitness Program:
- STOP Looking Backward. Stop obsessing over the fact that you got off track. Stop the guilt, stop the frustration, stop the regret – stop ALL of it! It is what it is. You can’t change what has happened. Like, you can’t. BUT, what you can change is how you move forward. So do just that: MOVE FORWARD. Pretend the setbacks never even happened and focus on how you want to proceed. Remind yourself that discouragement, frustration, guilt, self-loathing… all those things you may feel when you get off track… it turns out they are the antitheses for progress, success, and acceleration. So by entertaining those negative feelings, you are likely perpetuation the cycle of stagnation and making it even harder for yourself to get back on the wagon. So STOP! Tell yourself you’re human, celebrate the wins you have had, and then MOVE FORWARD as if the setback never even happened. Also remind yourself that there really is no such thing as a true ‘setback’. Learning opportunities is what we actually call those.
- Hang Up Your Goals. Any time I’ve really achieved a goal, I kid you not it has almost always been hung up somewhere on my wall. And truthfully, this is something I’m going to do differently moving forward with this program. Blogging about it has certainly helped, but admittedly I don’t have my fitness goals hung up anywhere that I can see them daily. In the past, I’ve done this and it has really helped. I’ll even find pics of people that I find inspirational and hang those up.The point is: it really, really helps to have those visual reminders of what you’re driving toward and WHY. So I’m going to do that! And so should you!
- Enlist Your Cheerleaders. I have a few people that I talk to (besides anyone who reads my blog, haha) about this goal that I have of completing this program and being consistent with it. One of them is my husband obvi, but I have to admit it’s helped me to find others who are interested in fitness and pushing their bodies (a.k.a. they ‘get it’) to talk with about what I’m doing and how it’s going. I have a cousin who has been following a macro-diet for almost a year now. I text her all the time about how things are going and totally lean on her when I’m feeling unmotivated, discouraged, weak, lazy, etc. She reminds me that it’s worth it to push through those times and emotions and just do the dang thang. I have a couple other close friends as well who ‘get it’ that I reach out to when I need a boost. This helps SO MUCH you guys. Rally your squad so they can help you stick to your goals!
- Add some accountability. This kind of relates to the point above. Letting people know about what you’re doing really increases the drive to stick to it. I’m accomplishing this through blogging about my experience with the Love HIIT Body Guide, and honestly you guys, my biggest motivation for beginning this thing was because I had stagnated and needed something to push me to the next level. This was it. And it’s working, despite my recent hiatus.
- Revisit Your WHY. Why the H are you doing this? Why did you start it in the first place? Why was it important to you when you began? Is it still important to you? Why? Answer all these questions for yourself and revisit why you care about reaching your goals. How will it feel if you don’t reach them? How will it feel if you DO? This is another thread of Q&A that you could hang up on your wall as a visual stimulus during weaker, less motivated moments. After all, the WHY for anything and everything is what truly gets us out of bed. It’s what makes us do things when we don’t feel like doing them in the moment. My husband obsesses over this book by Simon Sinek called ‘Start with Why’ and he is always telling me that your ‘why’ is everything. So remind yourself of your WHY and then let’s get going!
Let me know what your tips are for getting back on track with a fitness program! I’m genuinely dying to hear.
Let’s do this thang!
Have a Fun Friday!
Thanks for reading.