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4 Ways to Get Back on Track After F***ing Up

January 30, 2019Mikaela Ian

I’ve got about four more weeks left on my UP Fitness programme and I’m disappointed in myself. Usually, I throw myself into something and give it 100%. This time around, I started with gusto and for the first month, everything was great. But then life got in the way.

The past six weeks have been horrible to say the least. I couldn’t just bounce out of the funk. I couldn’t shake it off. I don’t want to say I was depressed because I don’t want to make light of people going through depression, but it was something like that.

I could barely put together a meal plan or drag myself to the gym. Everything suffered including my personal life, my friendships and all of it. I’m so used to being everything for everyone, but I couldn’t even be me for myself.

And then I woke up today and felt like the tide had turned, like everything had shifted. Here in Bermuda, it poured rain for more than 12 hours straight yesterday. And then today, I woke up to sunny blue skies. It was as if the universe was telling me my storm had passed.

So here we go, back it at again. I will never stop my quest for fitness. I will never stop going to the gym and I will never stop eating healthy. But I will stop doubting myself and I will stop with the self-sabotage.

Here are four ways to get back on track after f***ing up, no matter how big or small:

  1. Adapt when the plan changes – This should be a no brainer but seriously, be willing to adapt. I have a full meal plan and workout schedule. But instead of adapting when shit got rough, I just threw them both out the window. My coach Elliott told me to figure out what I can commit to and just do that. I agreed to commit to working out four days a week and preparing my lunch for the week on a Sunday. Both of those are completely doable for me.
  2. Remember why you started – This is key for me. I started this programme because I had gained weight and really lost my motivation to workout. I also wanted to get super fit for summer time and carnival season. Those are my whys. I also workout to be strong and fit to run around with my boys. And also, to be able to lift heavy ass weights. When I don’t feel like going, I remember these reasons and it usually helps.
  3. Never give up – Seriously, don’t quit on yourself. It doesn’t matter if you’re working on your sexy summer body or writing a book. Never quit. Keep plugging away and in time, you’ll be surprised by how much you were able to achieve when you thought you weren’t doing anything. Stick to the wicket and you will reap the rewards.
  4. Don’t be too hard on yourself – I struggle immensely with this. I am incredibly hard on myself in just about every aspect of my life. It’s something I’m working on for sure this year. I’ve learned that it’s OK to mess up, but it’s not OK to quit. It’s also OK to hold myself to a certain standard but it’s not OK to treat myself with anything less than kindness if I don’t meet the standard.

That’s my story for today. What have you learned so far this year? Let me know in the comments.

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