I thought it was important to write about how “normal” it is to
experience challenges or times in our lives that are alot tougher than
others. I know we all want our 12 Week Challenge to run smoothly, we
have a plan and just want to train hard and do the best we can each and
every day. Although as you are progressing nicely something happens, you
get sick, experience a loss, move house or break up with your patner!
“That wasn’t meant to happen!” One minute you are on top of the world
and feeling great and the next it just all seems too hard. You quickly
forget how good you feel from regular exercise and eating well and find
it easier to do nothing and feel sorry for yourself!
Firstly I wanted to say this is “normal”, everyone goes through
times in their life that are tough and we all have different ways of
coping, for some it is to eat or drink! But does this really make us
feel better? I can honestly say that the answer is “NO” it doesn’t make
us feel any better and actually ends up making us feel worse!
I can say this as I have personally just experienced one of the
toughest times of my life and I have learnt that nothing feels better
than looking after yourself, training hard and eating well!
I recently found out i was pregnant for the first time only to find
out that I was also going to miscarry. This has been so tough as one
minute I was ecstatic and the next I’m highly stressed and feeling quite
ill (from all day morning sickness) and just constantly worried over
what was going to happen. Although as hard as the last few weeks have
been it has made me realise what is the most important things in life:
family, friends and your health!
So after weeks of feeling “very” average I’m back in the gym and
eating well and can’t describe how good this has been for me both
mentally and physically. Sometimes we forget the “real” reasons we
should exercise and eat well! I know I need it more for my mental state
as I’m just so much happier and positive when I’m active! The added
bonus is a fit & healthy body. Sometimes if we focus to much on the
end result (a great body) we forget about the real reasons that we
should eat well & train hard!
So if your stuggling for motivation or going through a difficult
patch try and think back to when you “really” felt good about yourself
and simply do what needs to be done to get yourself back in that happy
There is always a light at the end of the tunnel, we just need to look for it!