That’s a picture of the fiancé and I at Sequoia National Park; those smiles summarizing the amazing weekend we had! It started with a BBQ/pool party Friday night where we got to reconnect with old friends and meet some new ones, followed by a (somewhat) impromptu trip to see the giant Sequoias and ended with a productive and relaxing Sunday where we bought groceries, prepped 3 meals for the week, and still had time to relax and snuggle up to an episode of Astronaut Wives.
I had big expectations for my week, coming off a weekend like that!
Then Monday happened. Swamped with work calls, the internet decided to go MIA, and the dishwasher broke (see past blogs about how much I LOATHE doing dishes). After a 3-day weekend of bliss, all it took was a couple minor things to go wrong and there I was back in the kitchen, aimlessly snacking while I tried to figure out what to do next. With every handful of granola I piled into my mouth, I knew it wasn’t helping, in fact it was just bringing me deeper into the “ugh” feeling of the day.
So just like that, all the enjoyment and relaxation from the weekend disappeared. I was stubbornly dwelling on the issues that Monday morning presented. Ever felt that way? Like your spiraling downward and just can’t stop, even though you know you should? Well this is obviously self-destructive behavior, and for me it shows up with a crappy mindset accompanied by my overindulgence of even the healthiest snacks (too much granola isn’t good for anyone).
As tough as that it to admit, I’m sharing this story because there’s a happy ending. I didn’t spend the next 3 days down and out. I was able to recognize that my behavior wasn’t serving anyone and definitely wasn’t fixing the issues. Instead of giving up all together though, I mustered the strength to change it up. I left the broken dishwasher, unanswered emails, and internet issues, went on a run and called a friend who was a pro at helping me stay in the present moment. I came back with a new mindset, was out of my funk, and carried on!
A couple years ago, without the awareness and mental grit to get past the small issues, I would have let that rut (and self-destructive behavior) continue for days, pushing me farther and farther away from my goal of being productive and happy and healthy.
Do you feel stuck in a cycle that’s not serving you? Are you finding it hard to bounce back after getting off the plan you’ve set for yourself? Stop taking one step forward and 3 steps back with a cycle of a weekend of success followed by a week of stress and failure! Set up a time to chat with me and we’ll talk about ways to keep you moving forward, consistently…making sure you are closer to your end goal each week!
Whether your goal is healthier eating, losing some weight, or developing that mental commitment to get past the small stuff, I can help. Here’s a link for a free 30-minute call, because it always helps to have someone in your corner! It isn’t easy but it’s worth it!
Live your WHOLE life,
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