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Update after a Far-Too-Long Hiatus

Tuesday, April 09, 2013

About 2 and a half weeks ago, I got some sort of cold/flu/sinus infection/ allergy thing that completely knocked me out and made me achy, congested, and completely lacking energy. I rested and recovered and the blasted virus lingered and it took about a week and a half to even breathe through my nose again! For the first several days I was sick, I was antsy and really missing exercise but I couldn't breathe and had a fever. I wanted to cook my meals so that I knew exactly what went into them, but I was just exhausted. And unfortunately, far more quickly than I got into these healthy habits, I very quickly fell out of them.

I think I've realized that - having finally actually established healthy behaviors AS HABIT - I expected that they would stick around and become my new baseline the same way all the unhealthy habits had been my default for so long. Imagine my disappointment to discover that despite all my work and good intentions, I'm going to have to keep making this decision over and over and over again. Maybe at some point in the future, it will become my default, but I've had unhealthy behaviors for an awfully long time, so it'll probably take quite a while for that to happen.

Regardless, today, I've made the right choices again. After a week of doing the Hip Hop Abs videos but nothing more strenuous, I went to the gym today. I've tracked all my food today. I did a morning meditation when I woke up, and I'm going to do another one when I go to bed. And tomorrow, I may not keep every one of these good habits, but I don't have to wait a full day or full week or even longer to change my behaviors if I slip up.

When I first started on this journey, my profile picture was a motivational sign that said "If you're tired of starting over, stop giving up." That hit home with me for a reason, and I'm pretty proud that even though the last few weeks have not been my best, I haven't given up.

I'm not starting over today. I'm just continuing on.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
SABNMICH 4/13/2013 10:26PM

    Good for you! It's not always easy to get back on track ! emoticon

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MEDUSA1977 4/10/2013 9:36PM

    You are definitely on the right track, I think of how many times i started this and completely quit. I really think the key to success is really just not giving up, accepting failures and getting right back to it. I'm glad your feeling a lil better, being sick is the worst because sometimes there is no mind over matter sometimes you just physically can't do those things. When I was sick a few weeks ago there was no cooking for myself, I just did not have the energy to even walk to my bedroom. let alone cooka meal. Sounds like you got this girl! Just keep going, your right change takes a while but it sounds like your mindset has already made some changes, and that's a great thing!!
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BUTTERCUPP76 4/9/2013 11:09PM

    Sorry you've been sick! Great attitude emoticon emoticon

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