Hitting plateaus suck. Going around in circles suck. Feeling like you take 10 steps forward and 11 back, sucks. The brutal reality is, that that’s how it goes when you’re actively working towards something. I’m a long time helping women get results, 11 years this year. And in that time, the single most common frustration among my clients I see and hear, has been when they hit a stumbling block. That feeling of failure. The realisation that you’re off track, things have slowed down, you’re not where you want to be.
There’s so many ways to fall off track. You take your eye off the ball, and before you know it, you’ve let everything else consume you. Family, work, other people’s drama, start to take priority without you even realising it.
Emotional eating, stress, feeling low, hormonal changes, holidays, and BANG. Fitness out the window, healthy habits out the window. You revert back to what you know, before you even realise it.
It’s the reason so many people quit on their goals. They don’t stick with it because they can’t take the struggles anymore.
One on my clients Lisa who ended up losing over two stone, spent the first year internalising every struggle she had. Lisa would have a bad week at Inspire, her attendance would be poor, and she’d use that as a tool to beat herself with. ‘Look how bad I am. Here I am failing again’ Didn’t I tell you at my consultation this is what I always do’. Now this is where most people quit, back to the safety of the couch.
When you don’t try, you can’t fail, right?
Struggles are all a part of the process, and when we coached Lisa through that, and she could see that ‘failing your way to success’ is what happens, she went on to lose two stone, and gain healthy habits for LIFE.
When you’re not dieting, or doing anything fad-like, and you actually commit to developing life long healthy habits, one bad week, two bad weeks, or bad days don’t get to you, because you see the bigger picture. You’re committed to your health. You know you’re going to get there.
So give yourself a break..
Write down all the things that you’re doing that you wish you weren’t. Every single thing that wrecks your head that you hate! Drinking too much, not working out, eating crap every night. How does it make you feel. Why do you want to stop. In what way does it hold you back.
Write down everything you need to do, to get where you want to be. Specific action steps.
- Healthy food
- Eating regularly, with no long gaps
- Eating a proper dinner
And commit to working on your triggers. The things that bring you back to habits you want to quit. What makes you emotional eat? How can I prevent skipping my workouts? How can I get more rest?
YOU HAVE GOT THIS.
I really enjoy receiving your emails Jessica, you keep things very real & very simple. I got back to my gym sessions today & the food is on track as is the water. I am glad to be back after 2 weeks off( with a few walks in between) it feels terrific for both the body & mind. Thank you for the lovely recipe also, I am going to have that for tomorrow’s dinner. Thanks again & look forward to reading more blogs in the future.
Aww thank you so much Therese, what a lovely message to get. And well done on getting back on track so quickly, keep up the great work, Jessica X