Falling off the Exercise Wagon

Falling off the exercise wagon

You set out to accomplish great things, charging towards your goals putting in the effort and the energy but then somewhere along the way you fall down. You manage to find excuse after excuse and you prevent yourself from moving forward.

These excuses that pass you by are only natural when working towards achieving your goals. The important thing is removing yourself from these excuses. Now I’m not saying it’s all you, there are many things which can come between you and your goals and, some of them will lie outside of your control. However, if you want to achieve your goals, you need to accept the setbacks, identify ways to overcome them and, get back on track.

You’re cold? Put a jacket on. You’re tired? Skip that trashy tv show and get to bed an hour earlier. You’re sore? Well great! That means the work you have been putting in is achieving results!

The truth is a lot of people that start on an exercise journey fall off the wagon and struggle to pick themselves back up again. I’m here to tell you it’s okay to have bad days, you just need to focus on getting back on track for a new beginning. Here’s how the vicious cycle goes and how to pick yourself back up after a bad day (month, week or year):

1) First You Fall

Your fall off the wagon could happen in a single moment, or be the result of a drawn-out process. It may happen suddenly due to an injury or slowly build up from a lack of motivation. The list goes on and on, illness, holidays, changes at work, weather. Each one could be the reason you begin to wavier or even a combination of them all.

2) Second You Surrender 
There comes a point after you fall off the wagon that you simply throw your hands up in the air and give in. It may be a dramatic moment when you decide to eat anything you want, or when you begin to use food for comfort.

This is the most destructive part of the cycle. You have removed yourself from all expectations and so removed yourself from regret. As a result, you plummet into an unhealthy realm and the progress that you had made towards your goals is lost.

3) Then You Hit Bottom
Inevitably there comes the moment when you hit bottom. You’ve not only lost the progress you had made towards your goals but you’ve started gaining more and more weight. You’re back to feeling fatigued, sluggish and frumpy.

Next comes the moment of realisation. The most important moment in this cycle. You step back and see just what you have allowed yourself to become. You begin to crave the feeling of those endorphins after a good workout, the satisfaction and reinvigoration after a balanced healthy meal.

4) Finally, You Take Control
Now comes the good part. When you hit bottom, you were out of control, now you’re ready to once again grab the reigns. Now is the time to get back into a regular schedule of working out and pay more attention to what you’re fuelling your body with.

Are you stuck in this cycle? Feel free to give one of our weight loss experts a call today to talk about putting a plan into action 0418543827.