What’s a girl to do when she misses a workout (or 2, or 3. . . or a month) or screws up her diet and eats 10 deep fried twinkies covered in frosting while watching Game of Thrones (geek heaven)? How do you recover after falling down? Or falling down, breaking your leg, getting a concussion, and then dislocating your shoulder (aka- the REALLY BIG screw ups)? How do you dust yourself off and get back on the horse? My methods for getting back off my butt are this:
1. Pack a bag and get ready for the day. I take my gym bag to work. I bring it in, and it sits on my office floor until I’m ready to leave. I put everything in it the night before, and then I’m ready to go for the next day. If I take it with me, and have it at work, it makes me go. It also gains me a little pat on the back from coworkers, so then I can lie and pretend like I’m super fit when I actually get changed and then go watch TV at home in gym clothes. No, that’s not a thing. What it does is make me go and earn those compliments.
2. Work it off. Ate too much? Was too lazy? Work it off. Put in some extra time at the gym, try something new, push harder. Sometimes taking that bad day (bad diet) and using it as inspiration is what will push you. Think of those twinkies as delicious, cream filled punching bags, and picture them in front of you at Body Combat. Run as if all those hot dogs you ate were chasing you down to eat you (think Weenie Races at Miller Park with zombie hot dogs).
3. Shake it off. Feeling bad about yourself happens. Beating yourself up about mistakes happens. But get over it, and get back to work. Turn that anger into fight. Slip ups happen, and recovery can happen.
4. Be optimistic. Every bad day ends. And then you get back on the horse. I’m hard on myself. VERY hard. But sometimes looking at the bright side is the way to go. Saying “tomorrow WILL be better” is the way to MAKE it better.
5. Set weekly goals- and then threaten yourself. I WILL go to the gym four days this week. And if I don’t, I can’t have ice cream on Sunday (Sunday is my “day off”- the day where I can have a treat and rest). And if I do make it? I get ice cream, and MAYBE a pet that my husband has yet to find out about or allow me to have (because what better reward can there be than buying myself an awesome animal my husband never wanted?). Setting small goals, and then rewarding yourself a little when you reach them gives you incentive to go back out and earn the next reward.
It’s easy to get discouraged when you screw up. It’s easy to give up. And its SUPER easy to do nothing and eat junk (most of the time simultaneously). But you can be a success. Get out there, get some drive, and do it with embellishment- talk yourself up, tell everyone (and yourself!) that you’re awesome- then go out there and BE awesome!
I love a party. Who doesn’t? Well, except people who are no fun joykills. But after July 4th, and now a wedding, the question is: how can you have fun and still be healthy? I have party rules that I use when going out.
1. Never go hungry. Eat something small and healthy. A quick snack means I don’t dive into a cake face first, or eat anything I can get my hands on covered in cheese (I’m from Wisconsin, everything comes with cheese. By law, apple pie has to be served with a wedge of cheese in Wisconsin. Look it up- no joke).
2. Find a healthy option, load up, walk away. A veggie plate is almost always an option. It’s easy, cheap, and your laziest friend who doesn’t want to cook anything, or really, look around in a store, will almost always invest in one. I fill my plate with veggies and fruit, and then have a little cake or whatever sweets I so choose. But because I ate the “good for me” stuff first, I’m not so hungry. And I can enjoy the things I love, but in a more logical portion because I’m not starving when I grab it.
3. Dance! Get that fatty fanny up and moving. Parties are a great time to get in a quick workout, plus maybe get a date out of it (not me- I am a happily married lady). But doing that stuff you did as a kid for fun, before typing your blog on a laptop became a thing, helps burn calories. It’s a workout that you enjoy, and it keeps you away from the food!
4. Gossip. Mock your cousin Al for insisting that the robot is coming back, and doing it to every song that plays at the reception (even the slow songs- slow robot= NOT awesome). Ask your grandmother for all the dirt on what a bad kid your mom was. Congratulate your Uncle Bob on his newest felony conviction- because who WOULDN’T think it’s hilarious that he stole a bunny and a tortoise from the pet store and forced them to race against each other in his backyard while taking bets from the neighborhood kids? OK, don’t do those things, all those things are terrible (which is what makes them so FUN)- BUT- catching up with family, talking, getting all the dirt- keeps you away from the food, and allows you to stick to your goals. And a little bragging about how awesome you are, how much weight you’ve lost, and how much better you are than everyone else- well, leave out that last part, you don’t want to sound conceited (no matter how true)- can liven everything up a bit.
A party is a party, and if you want cake, have cake. But it doesn’t have to derail everything you did. I may not follow the rules every time, but they help if I think I may go a bit nuts. I have a plan, and that plan will keep me on track. And if not, at least I feel better than most the morning after.