I have to say, there’s something to the fact that the post I’m sharing today has been one of the most popular Every48 posts ever. We can all relate, can’t we? We’re doing awesome one minute, thinking we’ve got it all under control…and then suddenly, a cookie jumps into our mouths (seriously, they just jump! Don’t they???) and then a few jellybeans from a candy jar at the front desk…and before you know it, you’ve cascaded into Comfort Food World when what you really, really needed…was a nap.
So, what do you do next? Yesterday, when all of the above happened to me, I decided to fight every urge I had to skip my planned workout, and just…show up anyway. Nothing stellar occurred at that there workout – except that I kept a promise to keep on truckin’, even when things go a little haywire.
So in that spirit, I bring you the original post from January 2014, one that has as much relevance now, five years and a month into maintaining a healthy weight and living an active life, as it did when I was just getting started with changing the whole way I deal with the world. I hope it inspires you to get out there and get your workout on today – no matter what.
“I ate badly yesterday, so I don’t want to exercise today. Ha ha ha.”
[Originally published January 16, 2014]
There was a small chocolate and Trader Joe’s vanilla meringue incident at my writing desk yesterday afternoon.
You know what I’m talking about. Those incidents (and they are merely that, “incidents” as opposed to “epics” – an epic is when you decide to eat poorly for, say, a few months because you blew an afternoon) happen. (See image below. That is an epic.)
Food incidents happen once in a while. They just do. Even when you’re committed to taking care of yourself. Even when you’re committed to working out every 48 hours in 2014 because exercise is medicine. Even when you’re a weight-loss success story and your picture has been on the cover of a health magazine.
Yes, that’s me down there.
The new and improved, 40-pounds-lighter me.
On the cover of a magazine dedicated to health and fitness. Three and a half years before this photo was taken, I weighed 40 pounds more and was basically miserable.
So I’m supposed to have this thing figured out. Right?
Well, I had a meal yesterday that consisted of chocolate and meringues at my desk anyway.
What to do? Should I (a) sleep it off and stay in my pajamas all morning, moping around while simultaneously writing my current project? (b) Coffee up and skip breakfast and lunch to “make up” for it? Or (c) get my buttinski out of bed early and on a spinning bike for a 7 a.m. class at my gym to get myself back in the game pronto, then come home to make a healthy breakfast of hot multigrain cereal with blueberries and a homemade vanilla latte with organic soy milk?
Oh, that last choice sounds very first-world. But trust me, the homemade latte is way cheaper than the coffee shop variety, except that I can’t do the artwork.
So which do you think I chose?
Yes. This one.
And back to real time: September 4, 2014.
Yesterday’s Every48 workout: An “I showed up no matter what” TRACK workout with my coach and running buddies. The only pretty part of the workout was that I started on time and didn’t leave early. My tummy was miserable. Today is another day. I love that about self-care. We really can mess up and come back to life the next day.