I found that taking my own advice when I wrote the post “11 ways to motivate yourself” really worked (for a few days) so now it’s time to tackle my latest setback. If you read my last post, you’ll know that I was feeling guilty for missing a couple of workouts. Knowing myself as I do, I also preempted today’s complete failure. I had the time, yet not the inclination to exercise so instead of feeling sorry for myself (which I’m also doing, but that post would be a bit boring), I decided to write about getting over these setbacks and hopefully I’ll take a sip of my own medicine tomorrow.
Setbacks happen. The important thing to remember is not to dwell on them. I received some great feedback from my post, entitled “Guilt & forgiveness” posted on June 26. jmc53 advised me that it’s not what we do once in a while that matters; it’s what we do most of the time. What fantastic advice this is and it’s something to remember next time we’re feeling the guilt from a cheat meal or bad workout. Which brings me to:
Step 1: Move on – Get over it
Doing something occasionally won’t necessarily set you back. Continuing to dwell on it though, just might. As Jackie said, it’s what we do most often that matters. If you fall off the horse, you damn well get back on it!
Step 2: Plan
Planning your next workout will help you to get back on the road to success. Plan it into your diary and make a date with yourself. I read somewhere once that if you made plans with a friend, you wouldn’t cancel on them last minute, so why do that to yourself? You matter too! Get a babysitter, get up early, set reminders; just make sure that you show up. This is a you date!
Step 3: Look for the positives
Rest is a good thing. You may not have meant to skip your workout but a day or two might just do you good. Our muscles need time to repair and an extra day off will help them to heal and build towards this all important goal. That being said, try not to make it a habit.
Step 4: Reward yourself
While it’s not always good to reward yourself after every workout (we’d all be broke and probably fat, right?), if that’s what it takes to get you to move, do it! Prepare your favourite meal and put it in the slow cooker while you exercise. Buy that running belt you’ve been eyeing up. Okay, technically you’re just bribing yourself to exercise but if you’re anything like me, the knowledge of receiving your reward when you’re done might be just the ticket.
Step 5: Read blogs
There must be hundreds of these “getting over setbacks” blogs. Search for them and read how other people do it and how the professionals advise you go about it. **Disclaimer-I am not, by any stretch a professional. I’m just returning to exercise after a break of far too long and hoping to help others as I learn**
Step 6: Get yourself a cheerleader
Whether it be your 4 year old or your friend’s Grandad’s dog, knowing that someone is proud of you for getting back to it and working towards your goals will go a long way towards helping you do it in the first place. If you’re not one for the Pom Pom parade then one of your followers will more than likely cheer you on from the comfort of their own couch. I, for one, as proud of you! Keep going!
Step 7: Get a good nights sleep
Writing this post at 0014 while I can’t sleep (because I had a monster nap this afternoon) might be a little hypocritical of me but when you get a good sleep, you have a better perspective. You’re more likely to be rational and logical about how to go about exercising today than you would be if you’d spent all night writing blogs and checking Facebook (take note, Sophie).
Love & Sunshine,