Coach Marcia is back! She is a coach and athlete at the Guelph Barbell Club, in Guelph Ontario Canada.
Wow, so the holidays are over and the new year is upon us. Crazy how time flies when your having fun! If you are like most humans, you probably over-indulged a bit in the last few weeks. But don't fret, all is not lost! Even though you may feel like it is true, your muscles do not turn to mush if you miss a few workouts and consume a few too many calories.
Thankfully, our bodies remember all the training we have put through and with a little work, they are quick to return to your natural athletic state. Here are a few tips for getting back on track.
1) Understand that your choices/mistakes (or whatever you want to call them) are in the past.
Did you need that extra slice of pie? No. Did you eat it anyway? Yes. But why did you eat it? Were you stressed, tired, upset? Were you in a social situation where you couldn't control the food on your plate? Or was it just delicious? Regardless of the reason for overeating, it happened - Let it go.
2) Don't be too hard on yourself.
You may have a few extra pounds hanging around to remind you of your holiday splurge. I know that I do! But being hard on yourself will not help. Everytime you notice that negative self talk, or hear those voices in your head when you look in the mirror. Stop for a minute, remind yourself of all the great things you have achieved, and say something positive to yourself.
3) Remind yourself of what you want to achieve.
Remember that weight you want to lift? Remember the new skill you want to master? Is a competition coming up soon for which you need to fit into a particular weight class? Or do you have a special event that you want to look great at? Whatever your reason, remember your long-term goals and make a choice to take a step towards them.
4) Set a short-term goal.
After you remember what you want to achieve, decide on a path to get you there and set a short term goal. Celebrating little victories along the way to your goal will help keep you focused.
5) Get moving!
Recognizing why you slipped up, accepting your faults, and setting short-term goals are great. However, the most important step is getting up, pulling on your workout gear and get moving! Grab a partner, head to your favorite gym and hit a workout hard!
Even the most dedicated athletes fall off the wagon sometimes. But it's the strongest who pick themselves up after a fall and get back on track.
Go on, get going! Start on the path to a better you in 2016!