Leaving lazy behind

December 22, 2017

in Fitness, Just life

As another year winds down, I find myself disappointed, a little sad, and a little mad. Okay, more than a little mad. The backslide I’ve been in continued much too long, and while I have started over many times, I feel this time I really AM starting over. From the beginning.

I can point the finger at many ‘reasons’ for the backslide, but in reality there’s no one or nothing to blame but myself. And I am going to own that. I could say going to work an hour earlier in the morning caused me to not get in a morning workout. I could say my living situation – with the hubs working out of town until just recently – caused me to not cook good meals. I could say a busy schedule caused me to just not have enough time.

Truth is, that’s all a bunch of crap.

I allowed myself to become lazy. 

It doesn’t take much to fall out of a good habit. One or two times of skipping that early morning workout to enjoy a few extra minutes of sleep in the warm, cozy bed…one or two times of eating Moe’s or Chinese for lunch and saving leftovers for dinner so cooking isn’t necessary…one or two times of not making oneself a priority when it comes to entering activities in the calendar.

Being lazy is easy. It’s comfortable – – until your shirts are tight and your pants don’t fit – – then lazy sucks.

It’s interesting to see how much confidence and faith we have in our future self. We eat that sweet treat or bag of Doritos because Tomorrow Me is going to work out hard. We stay up too late – but that’s Tomorrow Me’s problem. We forget about the little things that add up to make a big difference.

If you know me or have followed my journey for any length of time, you know I love a good, clean slate. A shiny, new fresh start. And here it is. We’re a little over a week away from the biggest clean slate of the year. Not just a new week or a new month, but a whole new YEAR. It may just seem cliche but it excites me. It gives me a feeling of hope and confidence that I can right the ship and get back on course.

It’s not going to be easy. If it were, wouldn’t everyone be their ideal size and in their ideal health? But I know there are some simple adjustments that can be made.

  • I will get my butt to bed earlier. I will set my alarm but leave the phone in the other room so there’s zero temptation to lay in bed and scroll Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and Pinterest for an additional 30-40 minutes after settling in under the covers. (Thanks, Mel Robbins, for that piece of advice.) Speaking of Mel, I will be putting into practice her 5 Second Rule to bust through the excuse-making and get things done.
  • I will take time to plan meals. Cooking feels like a chore to me most of the time, but I know if I spend a few hours once a week planning and prepping some food, the rest of the week is much easier.
  • I will move my body every day. Ideally, this will happen in the morning. If I do it first thing it’s harder to talk myself out of it or find another chore that needs done, and once it’s done for the day, it’s done!
  • I will track. My measurements, my food, my workouts. Monthly progress pics. It’s harder to see progress if you don’t track.
  • I will set goals and put them in writing. A study conducted years ago proved that people who wrote their goals down were exponentially more likely to reach those goals.
  • I will define my WHY and post it somewhere I’ll see it every day.

I’ve dwelled long enough on the negative of how I allowed this to happen – – it’s time to take action and do something about it. Time to make things a little easier on Tomorrow Me and do something each day to make Tomorrow Me’s job a little easier.


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Hey!! I’m still here!!

I don’t know HOW I have allowed myself to go almost FIVE months without blogging. Totally uncalled for and there really is no good reason. You have probably noticed over the last year to 18 moths, I’ve been less present on the blog and on social media. Especially when it comes to fitness and nutrition.

I didn’t make it public before, but since it’s winding down I feel comfortable sharing that since January of 2016, my husband has been working out of town. He’s not in another state, but the job site is a good hour and 20 minutes away from home. We are VERY fortunate that our camp is somewhat close to the job. Home is about 75 miles, camp is only about 25. He doesn’t get a company vehicle or gas reimbursement, and having to start work at 7 a.m. means that when he does stay at home, our alarm is blaring at 4:45 a.m. So, week after week, hubby has lived at our camp and come home on weekends.

So, we’ve found a new normal these last 18 months or so. And I’m not gonna lie….it’s gotten old.

I know there are military spouses who say goodbye during a deployment and don’t get to see each other in person for months at a time. I am not trying to compare my situation to theirs (I know I have it MUCH easier), and I absolutely understand the hardships military families endure. But this is my situation and it’s been difficult. We have been lucky to have weekends together. But there is always so much to try to cram into a weekend from chores and To Do’s to leisure and fun.

I have done such a good job at keeping myself busy (seriously; something in my calendar at least 3 nights during the week and most weekends have an event of some sort) that there have been times I allowed excuses to get in the way of my goals. Actually, there has been plenty of time passed that included NO goals at all. Ridiculous.

I have never hidden the fact that I struggle with consistency and self-discipline. And let me tell you…while I am not in any way blaming my husband or his job (well, I can blame his job a tiny bit but it’s not his fault) it was pretty easy for me to let things slip. I don’t like cooking a meal for just myself, because I don’t want to eat leftovers for 3+ days. So, there were nights I ate popcorn for dinner. Or mornings that I slept in until it I had to get up and hustle to be ready and get to work on time. Guess what? I gained weight.

So, since January I have been working on myself and getting back to happy. I completed the Ultimate Reset (which I already mentioned in a previous post), I participated in a Made to Crave book study and loved it so much that I led my own group a few weeks later!, and most recently I’ve been testing out a few things diet-wise. I’m loving this journey of re-discovering myself and the new things I’m learning about food and nutrition and most importantly, how my body responds to various things.

One thing that struck me last week was a question one of my friends on Facebook asked: “Are you still a Beachbody coach?” That was a bit of a wake-up call to me. Why? Because I AM still a Beachbody coach…but I have certainly not been acting like one. I am supposed to be walking the walk (which, lately, I’ve been doing) but I am also supposed to be sharing my journey and helping others on their journeys. To be perfectly honest, I let myself become a bit embarrassed at how inconsistent I had been, so I wasn’t sharing and helping like I should have been. Facebook definitely is a highlight reel for just about all of us….and I am included in that. It’s a place where we share what makes us happy. It’s a place where I like to spread positivity and not rant and complain. So now it’s time for me to put myself back out there and share the good, the bad, and the ugly. If you’ve read this far (to the end! Hooray!) then I feel it’s safe to assume you will be along for the ride.


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