I hear you on this one. I got on my kick 4 weeks ago. I have lost 12 lbs and I feel great. Only problem, 2 weeks in I have a family funeral to attend along with the buffet, my son's asthma flared and we spent three days in the hospital with the usual hospital fare, and then my allergies kicked into overdrive and I am taking twice the medicine just to get through the day. What's up with all this? It's hard to say if I went looking for all this by thinking I might spend a few minutes on myself each week, or if this is completely normal any I was so high on food I didn't notice before. My thoughts are sharper without all the food and sugar and I am not spending all my time shoveling food in my mouth. I think I am just noticing what's going on around me a little more these days. #notabadthing
If you are eliminating sugars, caffeine, processed foods, etc., it could also be a detox effect from those unhealthy substances being eliminated from your body. I know a lot of people complain of not feeling well the first few days they begin a change in diet - headaches, lack of energy, etc., but once they stick with the healthy way of eating for a week or so, that all goes away and energy soars! Just a thought!
Journaling can really be a help. I have a chronic pain condition so there are times when my exercise routine is not as intense but i keep plugging away at it. Try to read motivational stories on this site. That may help you also when you feel you are losing your motivation. You can do it don't give up because as my motto goes we are so worth it!
Have you tried journalling as you begin so you are more aware of ALL the things going on besides the obvious ones that you've changed diet and exercise patterns. Also, journalling can be a great way to discover what part of you doesn't want success on this endeavor. We are rather like committees inside, sometimes, you know.
Sounds like you're determined to get back on track this time. When you go grocery shopping, pick up some healthy things that don't need cooking. For me that would be canned tuna, whole wheat bread, healthy request microwave meal, bananas, yogurt, tortillas and refried beans, and instant salad in a bag. Also, I have a few fast food healthier backups - grilled chicken wraps, salads, yogurt parfait, decide ahead of time it's ok to pick up food when you are sick, IF you get the healtier items. You can do it!
Yes, this happens to me too! I have recurrent Epstein-Barr infections that flair up when I am over-tired or over-stressed. What is going on with this, we all ask? Well, I think it is because the changes we are making to our food, exercise and sleep routine are a just enough to throw off our body's balance.
The answer is not to give up, but to slow down. Maybe you need to temporarily up the caloric intake, maybe do less strenuous exercise for the first two weeks or so.
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19 10/4/12 8:55 P
Frust-er-atin' ain't it? lol I know. I think I could have stuck with it this time but everything healthy I had in the house had to be cooked. Everything that was easy was all the junk. I AM going to do it this time though. I'm just about over this bug and I'm already antsy to get back on track. Thanks for the support. What I want to do is see obstacles as simply a challenge and not a roadblock, and I need to come up with a back-up plan for times when I can't cook for some reason. I'm not yet up to doing any serious exercising anyway. Between my weight and barely controlled asthma, I'm not about to try anything very aerobic until I have lost a considerable amount of weight, but I have started walking. On nice days I walk around my neighborhood and if its rainy I have been plugging in a workout video. I do some of the reps and when it gets to much I march in place until I get my air back then join back in. I figure as long as I'm moving at least a half hour a day it will benefit me and as I get stronger I will walk farther and do more reps. I get so angry with myself when I let some unforeseen circumstance totally throw me off my plan. I guess the important thing is to get right back at it. Thanks again for the advice and motivation. blessings!
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19 10/4/12 8:45 P
You know that really resonates with me. I think you're right. I also got a thought during meditation today: There is a difference between choosing to make things different and wishing they were different. I think this is something that is going to take a serious day by day (and some days hour by hour) actively choosing to do things that will move me toward my goal. Thanks!
It's just the universe's way of asking...do you really mean it, this time? Tell the universe yes I really do mean it, and stick with it.
I know that sounds simplistic, but sometimes simple is the easiest way.
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23 10/4/12 2:58 P
Omg! This has totally happened to me a few times! You're so ready to kick butt and then boom -- there's a road block! Since you can't work out while you're sick (your body should get plenty of rest), try focusing on the eating. You can still control what you eat while you are sick. Stick with easy stuff like fruits, veggies and healthy soups. Once you feel yourself getting better start off slow with exercise (walking, light aerobics). Then once you are all better get back at it!! Full force! Don't let these minor set backs keep you from reaching your goals! Sometimes we come across things in life that are hard to overcome but it is do-able! Stay motivated and keep pushing!!!
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19 10/4/12 2:41 P
Can anyone tell me why, why, why after about a week on a new diet and exercise program (any program) I come down with a cold or some other minor malady that saps my energy and drains any desire to do my own cooking or work out? Other times it takes a bit longer, but once I have successfully rid myself of 5 or 10 lbs before it hits but I seem to never be able to get past that point. Then, of course, feeling ill and drained, I return to my former comfort food eating and by the time the 'cold' has worked its way out of me, I've gained back what I had lost (and maybe a bit more). I am so frustrated! This is a pattern I've fought since my teens. I try to get back on the plan ASAP, but I need some help!
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