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Stop Quitting!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

I know you have done it before. You begin a new diet or new workout plan, gung-ho, super excited, you keep with it for a week or two weeks or a month... Then it gets too hard, or life gets in the way, or your favorite show in the world premiers again, and you quit.

Maybe you flat out quit, or maybe it's a slow, gradual thing until one day you're sitting on the couch and realize that you haven't worked out in a few days. So you feel sorry for yourself about failing and grab a bag of chips.

For me, after a decade of trying different weight loss fads, I finally found something that I loved. Something that worked. I started Crossfitting, and I was hooked. I made it through the 8 week bootcamp and I kept going for another year. I did not, however, change my eating habits, and my hard work didn't do a lot. So I stopped.

Eventually, I missed it. So I started it again. And again I dealt with those first weeks of pain and soreness knowing that at the other side was a strong, healthy me. This time, I did a semi paleo diet at the same time and in a 6 month period of time, I lost 36lbs. And people NOTICED! Then I went on a road trip, ate at truck stops and over the next 8 months, I didnt do anything.

I gained back 18lbs as of last week.

This week, I'm starting again. I know that the next weeks will painful. I wont be able to sit down without bracing myself on the table or desk. But that's what I get for quitting. Again.

You've seen those motivational quibs on facebook I'm sure, there was one the other day that got me. "If you're tired of starting over, then stop giving up"


The moral of the story is that if you have a bad day, or you cave and stop at BK for a breakfast sandwich, move on. Eat the sandwich if you must, but make up for it by eating super healthy for lunch, and push yourself extra hard during your workout.

Don't do as I have done. I eat the sandwich, feel like a big fat failure, say well, I screwed up for lunch so I might as well have Taco Bell for lunch and sit on the couch cuz there is no point in working out now! That's bad. Don't do that.

I need to stop quitting, because I really am just tired of having to start over again.
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  • no profile photo CD12017986
    When you have not exercised in a while, it's always best to go back into it gradually. There's no need to push yourself to to point you're in pain to get fit and lose weight. If you punish yourself by working out too hard, it would be counterproductive, because you will need to take extra rest days.

    I've heard about Crossfit, but it is soooooo expensive! If you like that kind of a workout, check and see if any of the local gyms have boot camp programs. Many boot camps offer similar types of exercises as Crossfit, you're just not having to pay for the Crossfit name on the building. If the prices in your area are anything close to what they are in mine, I bet you could enroll in a boot camp class for less than half of what you're paying for Crossfit.
    3378 days ago

    Comment edited on: 3/21/2012 5:38:22 PM
    Starting over stinks. I think you will be surprised that it will all come back quicker than you think. Good luck and welcome back!
    3378 days ago
  • no profile photo CD9863493
    At least you've gotten back on the horse! Remember what you're feeling and learn from it...you can do it!
    3378 days ago
    Oh, I love Egalitaire's saying about the holidays! It's so true. Small changes and one step at a time really do make a difference. Know that you will have "those days", but that doesn't mean you failed but just took a detour on the road to healthiness and will get right back on the main road to success!
    3379 days ago
    Yes, welcome back and congrats on the insight you've gained and your renewed commitment to yourself.

    It helps me to see this as a journey, really the journey of a lifetime. In the perspective of the next 50 years, does the fact that I had two pieces of my mom's birthday cake on Saturday really matter. Or does it matter if potatoes (can you say Irish farm family) were also prominent at that dinner. Not really - it's what I do all the other days.

    One of my favourite sayings - "It's not what you eat between X-mas and New Years' that determines your health - it's what you eat between New Years' and X-mas".

    I try to focus on the 95% of the time when I am eating in line with my nutritional plan, and let go the 5% when I chose to take a detour. I also recognize it is a choice, and I am making it consciously and mindfully.

    3379 days ago

    Comment edited on: 3/20/2012 11:30:04 AM
  • TPELL21
    Glad to have you back.
    Sometimes the learning experience of the feeling of disappointment is the most powerful tool to keep you focused.

    Good luck!
    3379 days ago
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