Stumbled - Didn't fall
Monday, March 03, 2008
Last week was a crazy week, and it totally threw me off my game. Historically, one of the biggest problems I have with maintaining a fitness program is lack of consistency due to travel. I used to view travel as a time to treat myself. (I'm on per diem right, need to enjoy a good meal now and then) That mentality usually derailed my efforts.
I managed to break the cycle in February when I had to go out of town for 2 weeks on business. I maintained a steady fitness program and ate fairly well. I'll admit it wasn't perfect, but I put in extra exercise to compensate. I get home during the 3rd week in Feb and had planned a hiking trip up in the mountains of Arkansas with my brother and two of his friends. I'm 11 years their elder, so I'd been working the cardio and endurance pretty hard so I could keep up with my 20-something hiking partners. Well 4 miles of hiking rugged terrain proved to be a chore for all of us. I really felt great most of the time (except for a nagging blister) and credit the hours of cardio for getting me through it in good form...............all is right in the world........or so I thought.
Last week rolls around, and I'm up in Memphis working my butt off doing surveillance, search warrants, etc. We were working pretty much 24/7 Monday through Wed, and I let the convenience meals get the best of me. Top that off with the fact I wasn't able to workout at all, and that just really threw my body for a loop. I felt lethargic, drained, cranky, and was pretty much a grump by Thursday. I had to take everyone out to the range for qualifications that day, and keeping my thoughts together while delivering the training was tough. By Friday, all I wanted to do was flop. I couldn't even think about exercising. I decided to rest Friday and Saturday and worked out hard on Sunday.
Oddly enough, I woke up this morning sore as hell and..........it was surprisingly satisfying. I stepped on the scale and was stunned to see I'd actually lost another pound despite the setbacks and poor eating of the previous week. I'm ready to hit it hard today.........
Moral of the story:
Don't let past mistakes dictate future ones. Even if you stumble along the way.............you don't have to completely fall