This past month I’ve been a bit naughty. I managed to get away from my mummy and work duties for a weekend and sneak off on a crazy Hen Do in Marbella. What happened during this snatched weekend can only be described as a few days of excess. Excessive eating, drinking, dancing and laughing. In fact, the only thing that was not in excess was sleep!
As a working mum of an energetic two year old, I relished the opportunity for a bit of footloose and fancy-free time. It is very rare that I get any real time to myself let alone a whole weekend and I was determined to make the most of it. And make the most of it I certainly did.
Feeling slightly (!!) jaded lying on the beach chilling on the last day of the trip, a touch of guilt started to creep in. You might recall in my blog last month I wrote about falling off the wagon, and how difficult it is to get back into the swing of things once you’ve fallen off. A little bit of laziness and junk food snowballs into more and more laziness and junk food. It just so easy to bury your head in the sand and plead ignorance to your fitness plans. As Anna often says, exercise should become like a habit to you – part of your daily routine. Willpower is a muscle and just like your others it needs to be exercised.
And then I realised that I had been here before and I’m sure I’ll be here again. Despite the best laid plans, life is constantly changing them. It would be impossible to stick to your plans all of the time. There are going to be times things just won’t pan out as you expect. The trick is to be flexible, with both your plans and yourself. Shake off the day before for today is a fresh start. And I have to say that shift in mentality really worked. I came back home to my responsibilities and found I had a renewed vigour for my health and fitness. I was looking forward to getting some goodness back into my body and drinking my usual litres of water. I threw myself into running – I love running now it’s lighter out. Early morning and late evening runs are my favourites and of course made sure I got in some cross training using short workouts using the ‘My Busy Life Plan’ zone on MyFitZone. I was delighted to achieve a personal best during a rather hot and sweaty 10K at the weekend just gone as a result of my renewed enthusiasm.
The moral of my story I think is that we need to make sure we balance the scales of life. It’s not the end of the world to miss a few fitness sessions, and sometimes a little change of perspective can do wonders for your routine. I’m not saying that you need to have a wild weekend away, even just a change up of your routine can re-awaken your enthusiasm for your fitness regime. Maybe try a different sport, pick a challenge from the My Challenge Zone at random to complete, cook a new meal for the family to try. Anything out of the ordinary that shakes up your usual routine.
I am off to Italy this weekend for the wedding of my friend whose Hen Do I was on and so I am going to have another opportunity to flex those willpower muscles on my return! Also over the coming month I am looking to try another fresh approach to my fitness goals by really utilising the support of the MyFitZone community by making myself accountable to them and letting them know my plans in advance. I think it will really help with my discipline as I do sometimes struggle working out on my own. It’s very easy sometimes to slack off and not follow through with my fitness plans, especially if I’m tired or in a bad mood, which is silly as I know that a workout will be the perfect cure! So keep an eye open for me on the community forums or better yet join me.
Until next time – Natalie x x