I faltered, but I'm back on my feet

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

So my March kinda went down the toilet--my already serious back/leg pain got a whole lot worse. To make a long story short, it got a whole lot better toward the end of March, and I'm back.

With 9 days or so of successfully tracking my nutrition here, I feel comfortable posting that I'm back on the good wagon again. I'm in a Fit Camp now, to boot, and have a shiny new gym membership.

I planned a week's worth of meals that ended up lasting well into two weeks, which I'm happy about.

Things are improving and I have every reason to stay on this track. I'm reviewing what made my previous health kicks successful and what made them ultimately fail, hoping to really establish the good habits and jettison the bad ones this time.

Here are a few:

Previous Failure-triggers:

*Burnout from over-exercising (injury, in some cases)
*Lost momentum after week-long binge on a cruise
*Got tired of keeping meticulous track of everything I was eating, didn't come up with a new strategy to maintain my success
*Failed to plan meals, snacks and exercise in advance--especially important when out of normal routine

Previous good habit success-boosters:

*Drink 8+ glasses water/day to stave off food cravings
*Eat 5 small meals, with a fruit and/or veggie at each (easy way to get my 5-a-day)
*Follow the 80/20 rule (if you stick to your plan 80% of the time, you will see results--this is a safeguard against perfectionism and giving up)

Words to get healthy by:

If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.
Every day you have a choice between the pain of discipline or the pain of regret--whichever you choose will be an easier choice tomorrow.
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    You have great advice on how to deal with occasional backsliding on the good habits: the 80/20 rule, and the daily choice about the pain of discipline vs the pain of regret and how that choice will get easier every day the more we make the right choice.
    Thanks for the boost! I'm going to go choose discipline now. :)
    2777 days ago
    Thanks, Paul! emoticon
    2942 days ago
    good analysis! emoticon
    2943 days ago
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