But, now I feel like I am back in the zone! And it feels good. I have been trying to understand what got me back on my plan and I think that there are a few key elements that I would like to share in hopes that it could be useful to others (or to help me when this happens again in the future). I am calling it the "Lowered Expectations Plan". These are the steps I took to help me get back on track:
- Go the grocery store! - I stocked up on good, healthy foods. I know, it's very simple. But simply going to the grocery store to get those very healthy low-cal foods helped me to get back on track and avoid fast food and comfort foods.
- Walk, Very Far! - Okay, exercise is my weakness. I don't usually care for it and if I have been away from it, I really dread moving again. That just leads to more procrastination. So, I recently decided that if I have been away from exercise for awhile (a week or two), then I will get back to it by setting very low expectations for the workout. Used to run? Then commit to a walk, a looonnnnggggg walk. For me, that is 5-7 miles. Sure, I might only get a light sweat going, but this is a lot more appealing than a strenuous workout. The beauty of it is this: my legs just know that it is time to get moving again. Within several days of long walks, I found that I WANTED to jog/run again. This is the most valuable of these steps for me.
- Commit to Something! - If I could figure out how to add a tag line to my blog heading, my motto would be "Commit. Train. Results." That has basically become my philosophy of The Clydesdale Project. It could work for you as well. Try committing to a near-term goal like losing 4 pounds over the next two weeks. Or walking X miles, X minutes, or X times per week. Commit to a race or event taking place a few months from now, so you have something to train for. That is exactly how I started my journey about a year ago.
If I have been in a slump, I may not be have the mental toughness to start instantly running again or going for an aggressive workout. For me, that means lowering my expectations of my next workout and healthy choices, just so I can begin to walk out of my slump.
I hope this might be helpful to someone out there. I am no expert. These are just a few tips that seem to work, based on my recent experiences. And I may need them again someday.
What tips do you have to help you out of a slump?