Before I even sit down to write this blog I am sitting here debating if this is even going to be posted. Let me set the scene for you. I am sitting in my comfy chair, laptop, and debating about what I want to do for my workout. I am also debating if I want to do it now or after classes tonight.
Those are my immediate decisions. Then I sit here and think about my current status as well. You see guys I have been in the health and fitness industry for 10 years now. I hold numerous certifications, and I don't say that to gloat but maybe out of embarrassment. I freaking know what to do. I know about interval training, creating workouts, creating programs that work, motivating people to keep going, and yet here I sit. Don't get me wrong I'll get this damn workout in today. I'll tell myself that it will make me feel better. I'll tell myself it will help me to my goals. All those great "tricks!" However, I honestly don't care about any of that stuff right now.
BOOM then it hit me why this is so DAMN hard for clients. Sometimes, life just plain ass sucks! This week has been a very crappy week for me. I won't get into but when it rains it pours and they say it comes in 3's. This week came in about 10's. One thing after another. Almost like asking yourself can another thing go wrong?
Wait hold up! The motivator fitness guy is being negative? Call it what you must but everyone has shitty weeks. This one just capped off a pretty crappy month for me too. Hang with me I am getting to the point of the message. So I can see why so many people say F it, I am not going to the gym this week. Why so many people SKIP out on their meal plan. Life throws a few curve balls and we want to gain balance back in our life. Often times balance, happiness, is going out with friends, eating a whole pizza, or downing 9 bottles of wine. (Ok, don't actually do that)
When shitty hits we reach for comfort. I sure as heck did! Pizza, yummy! Beer, I'll have 6, please.
Pizza, beer, and video games was my college experience. That was FUN. So my brain is trying to search for some way to get me out of this funk and into some "fun". The only problem is fun no longer suits my goals.
So what do you do when you look for balance during a crappy week? Well first off, I am not an expert on this subject and I don't know if I can fully pull myself out this funk at the moment BUT here is my game plan.
# 1 - Workout to my FAVORITE workouts. You already don't want to workout, so why do something you hate? I love lifting weights and pushing myself with that. You can bet it will be a weight day today. Legs? Maybe?? However, you can always bet it will NOT be a cardio day. Now - I know some of you don't get to pick your workouts so if that is you - then suck it up and do it anyway ;)
# 2 - Food! So the biggest thing I mentioned was a balance in nutrition. I don't know about you guys but when I am in a funk I say screw it! So here is what I have to do. I have someone else make my meals for me. In my area, we have various meal prep services. I have decided to pay a little more to FORCE myself to eat better. Yep even the guy with a certification in nutritional coaching needs help during a funk. Don't have these services? Get creative - make your own meals or purchase SEMI-HEALTHY frozen organic options. Hey, it is better than pizza and beer right?
# 3 - Blow off some steam that isn't going to destroy your results. So for me, this means listening to music that claims me down, then going out flipping cars parked outside. Yeah right, in all seriousness, doing something that blows off steam is important. For me, it CAN'T be hanging out with friends and socializing because I know the leads to bad food/drink choices. It has to be something else.