I haven’t trained for the last two weeks.
And you know what…?
The world hasn’t collapsed and I haven’t become an unfit mess.
We get so caught up in our routine that the moment something disrupts it we panic that everything will fall apart or something terrible will happen.
Most people think if they have a bit of time off from their exercise regime or their ‘diet’ that they will undo all of their hard work and will have to start from square one again.
However, this is not the case.
Before two weeks ago I was training 4/5 times a week; my routine was pretty solid and I was enjoying seeing my progress. 2 weeks ago I gained some work which changed my schedule and stopped me from training for a few days and then I ended up unable to train due to an injury and I am only just starting to feel recovered enough to attempt training again… although I wont lie; a part of me is nervous.
My main form of training is CrossFit and right now the CrossFit open is running. I am not competing in the official open (not quite there yet) but the box I train in has an in-house competition going on where we are competing in teams. I had to miss the first workout of the competition due to my injury, I was gutted, but I don’t want to let my team down again so I don’t want to miss out on the second workout… however having not trained in two weeks I’m fearful I might die. Not literally, obviously but… you know what I mean.
One thing lack of training seems to cause, when you have previously gotten yourself into a good routine, is FEAR. Fear of being terrible when you return to it and not having the same level of fitness you previously had… even if it was just two weeks off.
Secondly there is a worry that you will undo all of your aesthetic progress if you take time away.
I was worried, as I had made decent progress before this two weeks, that I would undo all my hard work and start back at square one. As I was also in pain due to my injury… chocolate had found me (hence the emotional eating). I wont lie I over indulged a fair bit due to feeling sorry for myself…. something the majority of us need to work on not doing (… but that’s a topic for another post). So panic started to consume me. I felt my hard earned progress was slipping away; that not only would I be out of breath sooner on my first workout back but that I would have put all of my lost weight back on and have lost my gained strength.
But you see…
1 – This shouldn’t of mattered anyway because my worth and happiness is not defined by aesthetics.
2 – I have proven to myself I am capable of training hard and making progress before so I can do it again.
3 – I received a compliment two days ago of how well I was looking so clearly I haven’t undone all my hard work anyway!
We get so caught up in our heads that sometimes we fail to realise we are focusing on the wrong things.
Don’t forget our bodies need time to rest and recover anyway so a bit of time off wont hurt; it could actually help in the long run.
And life is for living so don’t punish yourself or work yourself up because you’ve not been regimented in your diet and exercise regime for however long it’s been.
I am going to get back into my training, into eating well and get back to seeing many forms of progress from my strength, my stamina and most importantly my knowledge and confidence. Yes, today might be tough getting back in the gym and tomorrow I might ache but so what! I needed some time off so there’s no point dwelling on it, I just need to get my head back in the game and crack on.
So if you’ve had to take a bit of time away from your training, or had a few days where you’ve eaten quite a bit of ‘rubbish’, don’t worry. You wont have to start from scratch as you’ve done it before so you can do it again, but you will also be making it out to be worse than it is in your own head.
We are our own worst critics.
This needs to change.
Praise yourself. Support yourself. Love yourself. You’ve got this!!
Wish me luck!
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