Last week, I was feeling good. This week… not so much. But I’m trying.
You know when it’s Monday, and you’ve spent the weekend having fun. Aka drinking more than necessary and eating food that was less healthy that you had planned…? And you feel like shit? Bloated and lethargic… AND you feel guilty? Because you know that you should have had more self control and you really didn’t need 2am Chinese food? Or a whole pint of ArticZero (even though it’s only 300 calories per pint)… And now you’re up 5lbs and even though you know it’s probably just water weight (thanks to all of the salt) and gas (thanks to the fact that you barely ate a vegetable over the weekend so you’re not “regular”).
You know that feeling?
I know you know it… because it’s something everyone deals with when they’re trying to eat better, lose weight, live a healthy lifestyle, etc. And it’s hard.
But hard truth: sometimes you’re going to slip. And sometimes even the most minor slips feel huge. And sometimes you lose all the motivation you had just a few days ago.
When motivation disappears, things just don’t add up. Somehow instead of eating healthy food, it’s logical just to throw all your hard work out the window and just eat more Chinese food – because you already messed things up. And instead of going to the gym, which is basically guaranteed to give you endorphins and make you feel better, all you want to do is lay around and watch hours and hours of TV.
But losing motivation doesn’t mean you need to lose it all. There’s always a chance to turn things around and keep moving in the right direction. So that’s what I’m doing (even though my motivation level is probably a 4 out of 10 right now)…and that’s what you should do too!
When you’re feeling unmotivated, chances are, it’ll pass. But there are a few things you can do in the meantime to help a brother (yourself) out…
1. Stick to your routine!
I swear that Monday morning I almost called in sick. And then when I actually went to work, I almost opted out of going to the gym after work. I didn’t… but I wanted to. If you have it on your calendar to go to the gym or go for a run, do it. Sticking to your normal routine is going to keep things feeling as normal as possible. And let’s be honest, if you don’t go, you’re just going to go home and sit on the couch and snack on those kettle chips that you bought back when you thought you had will power.
2. Don’t skip meals.
I’m one of those people that after a weekend of overeating, I feel gross and don’t actually feel hungry for like a day or two. But as I learned, if I don’t continue to eat regularly, when I finally do feel hungry, I’m ravenous for whatever I can grab and eat the fastest. So eating my normal planned, healthy meals gets me back into eating leafy green veggies, and high protein dinners.
3. Check in on your progress.
Look back at your weight loss chart, or take your measurements. Or even compare photos. You’re looking for progress… an important part of staying motivated. Transformation Tuesday helped me with this one. I had done a before and after photo late last week that reminded me of how far I’d come.
4. Mix things up.
Just like an opened package of crackers you’ve kept in your pantry for too long, the whole weight loss journey slash lifestyle change grind can start to feel stale. Shockingly, I’ve found myself getting sick of avocado toast! The horror! Mix up your meals and your exercise so you’re keeping things fresh and exciting.
5. Take a break.
I know this sounds like it’s the opposite of moving forward, but taking a break is more like pausing a TV show when you have to pee. You signed up for a lifestyle change, not a race to your ideal weight. It’s okay to take a quick break and relax for a second. You’ve worked hard. Just don’t lose sight of your goals. The break is to relieve some of the pressure you put on yourself and figure out a way to get back to it in a positive, healthy way.