Turn a Setback into a Comeback

I am not at my best. I have had a few “cheat” weekends that I haven’t been able to bounce back from yet and it’s a total buzzkill.

It’s so hard to eat clean and train the way you are used to when you are out of your element! The past two weekends were spent out of town with friends and my boyfriend. Plenty of drinking and unhealthy eating. Suffice it to say, I have gained a few pounds and feel nasty. While I was able to sneak in a hard workout on both weekends while I was away, it wasn’t enough!

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Lucky for me, my boyfriend and one of our friends workout the way I do so they were itching to get to the gym just as much as me. So, when I DID workout, they were killers because I had drill sergeants at my side. But, of course, they weren’t killer enough to cancel out the damage done at all the bars and restaurants.

When I haven’t been out of town, I can’t say that I have done my best to eat well. I mean, I don’t have a terrible diet… I naturally prefer healthier foods (with the exception of nachos. I am always down for some nachos), but I just haven’t tried as hard.

Additionally, work has picked up to the point that I have had more off days than I would like. My job requires a lot of late nights making it really hard to get to the gym AND get enough sleep. I suppose I could take it back to my early morning gym trips pre-work, but then I would be running on 4-6 hours of sleep or less. And as we all know, sleep is just as important as exercise.

On top of that, I pulled a muscle in my hip over the weekend (at least it was from exercise – I think) and am unsure how much running and leg work I will be able to do this week.  I finally registered for the Hot Chocolate 5k and need to be running much more than I have been over the course of the last few months. I still have over a month to prep for it but I need as much time as I can get. The pain I am feeling is indescribable. I can barely sleep on it and walking (stairs especially) is brutal. I have been using a heating pad and plan to ice it tonight.

I know this sounds like excuse after excuse. But hey, at least I recognize it. I know that we all have our setbacks – it’s impossible to train and eat perfectly all the time. While I don’t consider a few bad weekends and a couple of pounds a HUGE setback, I don’t feel great which is reason enough to look at all of this as a setback and use it as motivation to kick my ass back into gear.

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10 thoughts on “Turn a Setback into a Comeback

  1. jaredrexclark

    Since I have been dealing with my injury I haven’t been eating as well. I am starting to get back on track this week. You can’t beat yourself up over that past. All you can do is go forward. I totally, agree SLEEP is very important and you can’t give too much of it up.

    You’ll get back on track. At least you know you need to and that is a good start.

  2. confetea

    I definitely understand how you feel. My job doesn’t allow me the luxury of having a set schedule each week that is the same. I really think a more stable schedule would help me, but life is rarely perfect! I too just try to fit in health and fitness wherever I can.

    • katiefoley11

      Yea, it’s definitely difficult when work and other obligations get in the way of exercise! When I am in a rhythm, I am at my best. When that rhythm gets thrown off, even slightly, I fall flat on my face! It’s hard to find a balance but you have to get it in when you can!

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