So, I’m stranded in France!
Yes, my passport got lost in transit at some point, and I now find myself unable to return home for a few days.
This has thrown a spanner in the works for multiple reasons:
1 – My boyfriend had planned a weekend O fun for us
2 – I had planned a rather impressive, almost superhero like, return to training
3 – I am now still eating and drinking like I am on holiday…even though technically, I am not
When life throws me curveballs like this, I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t handle it all too well. I may or may not have had a meltdown on an airport shuttle bus.
I like structure. I like routine. I like knowing that, predictably, I’ll always get out what I’m willing to put in. This is a nutshell is why I’m so good at what I do. I know that if I train my balls off and eat like a human science experiment for an allotted period of time, my body WILL change, so I stick at it. Yes, there are days when I HATE every living second of it (this is largely down to the existence of pizza and cheesefries), but there are mostly days when I LOVE the challenge and the results that come with. Likewise, I know that if I don’t upload content on this site for a few days, my hits will go down, but when I do write an update, they will go back up. Rhyme and reason like this gives me comfort and stability, and those are things my anxiety riddled brain needs in high doses.
If, like me, you are prone to anxiety, depression, panic attacks, over thinking, whatever it may be, I want to encourage you to give a fit and healthy lifestyle a go. Not a half assed effort, when does that ever work? I mean a real go.
By all means start slowly, empty your cupboards out, throw away your takeaway menus and make your diet as clean and healthy as can be.
If you drink every night, start having a couple nights off a week, then turn that into every other day, finally aim to enjoy a few drinks once a week maybe.
If you feel sluggish and unfit, start going for long walks every other day, then see if you can have a bit of a jog somewhere along that walk, then see if you can break that walk up into HIIT sprints.
If you want to lift weights but don’t know where to start, hire a gym based PT, look at my weights for women app, buy a fitness magazine and start picking up and collecting some routines. Aim to weight train 3 days a week, then 4, leading up to 5 or 6 if you enjoy it.
If you can’t figure out what exercises you are going to enjoy enough to stick at, book yourself in to a few classes. Yoga, Pilates, boxercise, spin and body pump are all hugely popular. Classes are a great way to meet people too if you are social and need that kind of interaction to enjoy something.
There are SO MANY OPTIONS. Please don’t think that what I do is perfect for you, it may be, it may not be, it doesn’t matter. I love weight lifting, it makes me feel strong and capable and it’s FUN. I like cardio less but I still enjoy it – like I said, a brain like mine needs that kind of release in high doses.
My best friend fell so in love with yoga she is now an instructor. Another swears by Pilates. A third cycles EVERYWHERE. There is a way to exercise for EVERYONE and once you’re fit and active, you’d be surprised at how this can bleed out into enjoying many different forms of training.
But it’s the structure, the goal and the effort that will help you mentally. Don’t be scared to start, it may be the best thing you ever did.