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Breaking Free – Maria’s Journey to Health (Week 9)

Breaking Free – Maria’s Journey to Health (Week 9)

It’s now 10 weeks since I started my journey, and my progress has come to an unforeseen halt. Working in an office environment has meant that I have picked up one of the many bugs floating around this time if year. And so, I write to you struck down by a viral tummy bug, while I sip my umpteenth cup of tea…

To date my workouts have been awesome, I haven’t missed a session and have felt totally on top of my game – but this week I have collapsed into a heap. My usual energy & motivation has been replaced by nausea, fatigue, cramps, body aches and fever.

Over the last 4 days I have had no energy, appetite or strength – all I have done is sleep! I haven’t been well enough to work or train – and it has taken me to a place that I hate. It has reminded me of all the times I withdrew from the world; the times I was immobile, inactive & lying around doing nothing – depressed & unmotivated. I have hardly been able to lift my head off the pillow – and my normal eating plan has gone out the window – I’ve only been able to stomach toast and sweet tea – carb overload!

It has frustrated me to no end and initially put me into a panic – the last thing I want is to break my progress and/or momentum by waiting too long between workouts & not eating right! I also had no weight loss this week for the first time, which made me a little anxious…

But then I checked myself – it isn’t the same, because so many things have changed – I’m not in the same mindset, and I’m still on the journey – being sick does not equal giving up or failing. I’m not in bed because I can’t be bothered or because I’ve thrown in the proverbial towel – I’m in bed recovering. It’s been hard reconciling that in my head though, and not feeling like I have let down my workmates, my trainers, my followers & myself.

Being sick is absolutely no fun- let’s face it, but I realise now that overdoing it will only prolong my illness. Taking care of myself is my first priority – so I’m letting my body and mind recover…before resuming my normal routine. My doctor, mentor and common sense are all telling me that I should fully recover before re-engaging in any intense workouts – and that is the reality…

At the end of the day, we really need to know our limits – listen to our bodies and talk to our doctors & trainers. We all have to do the responsible thing and keep our germs to ourselves, and not push ourselves to the point where we further compromise our immune systems.

I have come to realise that packing for a weekend excursion is a whole lot different than packing for a year long journey. I can’t address a long-term problem with a short-term solution – and obstacles like illness are going to pop up along the way. It’s how I deal with them, and get myself back on track that is the real test. The illness will pass, but my resolve to reach my goal will not!

We get caught in the trap of wanting to achieve results ALL the time, but it’s so much more than that. Part of me thought that I will let you guys down by stumbling or hitting a wall – but I know I’m wrong. There will be a whole lot more setbacks on this journey, so it’s actually quite timely that this should occur; it is teaching me about how to deal with future obstacles; illness, plateaus, injuries and the like. Not every week will be a success – but that doesn’t mean it’s the end, or that I shouldn’t celebrate how far I have come!

Ultimately, it’s about the big picture and the long term commitment – this is just a drop in the ocean in the grand scheme of things…As my mentor Nik says: “Just keep your motivation greater than your obstacles’…

So, at the end of the day, we just have to be honest with ourselves: are we using illness/injury as an excuse to not work out, or are we genuinely not well enough to train? Are we using the setback, obstacle or failure as our way out or our reason to give up? Only you can answer that. No journey is without it’s challenges… we just need to keep going, and remember why we started!

The journey continues my friends – can’t wait to get back to training!

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Breaking Free – Maria’s Journey to Health (Week 9)

Breaking Free – Maria’s Journey to Health (Week 9)

Breaking Free – Maria’s Journey to Health (Week 9)

It’s now 10 weeks since I started my journey, and my progress has come to an unforeseen halt. Working in an office environment has meant that I have picked up one of the many bugs floating around this time if year. And so, I write to you struck down by a viral tummy bug, while I sip my umpteenth cup of tea…

To date my workouts have been awesome, I haven’t missed a session and have felt totally on top of my game – but this week I have collapsed into a heap. My usual energy & motivation has been replaced by nausea, fatigue, cramps, body aches and fever.

Over the last 4 days I have had no energy, appetite or strength – all I have done is sleep! I haven’t been well enough to work or train – and it has taken me to a place that I hate. It has reminded me of all the times I withdrew from the world; the times I was immobile, inactive & lying around doing nothing – depressed & unmotivated. I have hardly been able to lift my head off the pillow – and my normal eating plan has gone out the window – I’ve only been able to stomach toast and sweet tea – carb overload!

It has frustrated me to no end and initially put me into a panic – the last thing I want is to break my progress and/or momentum by waiting too long between workouts & not eating right! I also had no weight loss this week for the first time, which made me a little anxious…

But then I checked myself – it isn’t the same, because so many things have changed – I’m not in the same mindset, and I’m still on the journey – being sick does not equal giving up or failing. I’m not in bed because I can’t be bothered or because I’ve thrown in the proverbial towel – I’m in bed recovering. It’s been hard reconciling that in my head though, and not feeling like I have let down my workmates, my trainers, my followers & myself.

Being sick is absolutely no fun- let’s face it, but I realise now that overdoing it will only prolong my illness. Taking care of myself is my first priority – so I’m letting my body and mind recover…before resuming my normal routine. My doctor, mentor and common sense are all telling me that I should fully recover before re-engaging in any intense workouts – and that is the reality…

At the end of the day, we really need to know our limits – listen to our bodies and talk to our doctors & trainers. We all have to do the responsible thing and keep our germs to ourselves, and not push ourselves to the point where we further compromise our immune systems.

I have come to realise that packing for a weekend excursion is a whole lot different than packing for a year long journey. I can’t address a long-term problem with a short-term solution – and obstacles like illness are going to pop up along the way. It’s how I deal with them, and get myself back on track that is the real test. The illness will pass, but my resolve to reach my goal will not!

We get caught in the trap of wanting to achieve results ALL the time, but it’s so much more than that. Part of me thought that I will let you guys down by stumbling or hitting a wall – but I know I’m wrong. There will be a whole lot more setbacks on this journey, so it’s actually quite timely that this should occur; it is teaching me about how to deal with future obstacles; illness, plateaus, injuries and the like. Not every week will be a success – but that doesn’t mean it’s the end, or that I shouldn’t celebrate how far I have come!

Ultimately, it’s about the big picture and the long term commitment – this is just a drop in the ocean in the grand scheme of things…As my mentor Nik says: “Just keep your motivation greater than your obstacles’…

So, at the end of the day, we just have to be honest with ourselves: are we using illness/injury as an excuse to not work out, or are we genuinely not well enough to train? Are we using the setback, obstacle or failure as our way out or our reason to give up? Only you can answer that. No journey is without it’s challenges… we just need to keep going, and remember why we started!

The journey continues my friends – can’t wait to get back to training!

If you too would like to change your life, or know someone close to you that may need that little push, enter yours or their details below for a free two week trial.

 

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