Avoiding the burn out, start over cycle.
Monday, September 16, 2013
That's what I'm trying to avoid.
I am making sure I don't burn out on the three most important things.
Exercise, Eating a balanced diet, and drinking my water.
What I'm doing;
Taking a rest day on my exercise rotation. That is one of the many things I didn't do when I flamed out. At my peak, I was exercising 2 hours a day, every day. I was sore all the time, and got up an hour early every day which compromised my sleep. It was no life. Maybe if I didn't work full-time it would be do-able, but it wasn't. Now as I gradually increase my exercise to my goal of 1 1/2 hour a day max (an hour of which I can do by walking at work during lunch and breaks) I am making sure to take a rest day, too.
I am tracking everything, toward the goal of a balanced diet. Even today, when I ate basically sugar and fat for lunch. Oddly, I didn't go over my calories, although we won't talk about the nutritional values. But the good thing is, tonight I don't feel well. Why is this good? Because I know why I feel crappy. My body is telling me it needs protein, complex carbs and veggies to feel good. While my goal is a balanced diet, nothing is off limits. Because I also flamed out because I was craving everything I denied myself. Today, even though I didn't deny myself, it was a good lesson in why I need to eat well, not just whatever I want. I am going to learn how to balance my diet, and still keep it inclusive.
Water. Once I start drinking it, I'm okay, but this is my most difficult hurdle, as I am a coke zero drinker. I know I will learn to like drinking water again. But it's never been my beverage of choice. I don't care diet soda is evil and there are studies that prove it. BUT I know water really is what the body needs. Plain, pure water. I can still have my other drinks, but only AFTER I drink my water for the day.
I have learned a lot from all my re-starts, and I am not going to flame out again. Instead, my plan is to keep moving forward, not count anything as negative, but instead view them as learning experiences in how to avoid burning out, and starting over - for good.