On setbacks and commitment
When you write for a fitness/health website, it can be discouraging to find yourself re-visiting the same topics over and over. Like right now, for instance—I had a carby, binge-y sort of weekend and what’s top of mind for me is getting back on track and re-committing to eating whole foods. But man, how many posts have I written just like that? It doesn’t exactly seem motivating for someone to read about how I’ve been eating a bunch of crap and now I’m trying to refocus on eating better, for the frillionth damn time.
Still, that’s the reality for most of us. We fall off the wagon, we get back up. It’s really all about what you do with the second half of that sentence, you know? Everyone has setbacks. Everyone struggles with discipline. We gain weight, we skip workouts, we pass over the vegetables for ice cream, whatever it is. The key to long-term success, in my experience, is how you deal with those setbacks.
So! I’m going to stop beating myself up over a Weekend of Crazy Indulgence, and look forward eating lots of fresh produce this week (CSA box on Wednesday, hooray!). I’m still a fan of the Primal Blueprint diet, but I’m finding it quite expensive. I think I’m going to start experimenting with adding back in certain dairy products (like low-sugar yogurt) and grains (like quinoa) and see if I can still reap the energy benefits while expanding my food options a bit. It’s definitely a good thing for me to completely eliminate sugars and simple carbs, so I will continue on that path.
In exercise news, I’ve been thinking ahead to the Danskin triathlon (half mile swim! AIEEEE) in August, and a super-sprint tri in June. In the last week I’ve been out on my bike, in the pool, and running, and that’s how I plan to spend my summer. I’m excited about all the upcoming local events I have to choose from, and the idea of getting outdoors as much as possible. I’ll be happy if I don’t see the walls of a gym again until next winter.
I imagine I’ll have lots of setbacks along the way. And hopefully, I’ll dust myself off and keep going.