This was a serious laugh-out-loud moment! Who else is constantly battling a war of expectation versus reality?!
Pre-preparing work clothes the night before and feeling proud-as-punch as you set your alarm for 5:45am, determined to make spin class before breakfast and therefore look amazing by Friday.
What the hell were you thinking and why is your phone making such loud noises while IT’S STILL DARK. Snooze x 3. No gym today, you’ll start tomorrow. Oh and now you’re late for work.
You don’t actually like working out but you do like dancing so surely Zumba is the answer to all your prayers? You’ll look like a toned, Brazilian goddess by the time next month’s cheeky mini break to Spain rolls around.
Zumba is HARD and why on earth won’t your body move like it does after 4 vodka’s!? After spending more time trying to keep up with the choreography than actually working out, you vow to never do it again and go home to drink a bottle of wine to recover emotionally.
After at least 3 HIIT workout classes, you’ll have washboard abs.
After at least 3 HIIT workout classes, you realise that HIIT is the devil and you’re in so much pain you have to lower yourself onto the toilet with your arms because your legs are apparently have given up the ghost.
You’ve cut out carbs, sugar, diary and happiness and are committed to only eating lean protein and vegetables for the next few weeks so that by the summer you’ll look like a Victoria’s Secret supermodel.
You’re so HUNGRY that all you can think, talk and dream about is food. When you’re not nearly fainting on the tube or snapping at your husband you’re annoying your colleagues with constant talk of calories or are totally creeping them out by silently watching them eat lunch. Bugger this, you’re getting a Big Mac meal. AND nuggets.
Any of this sound familiar?
Hey, I’m all for having goals, dreams and expectations. But try and make them realistic, or if you want to aim high (reach for the stars and all that) then great – just don’t be too hard on yourself if it doesn’t work out as planned (or a swing smacks you in the face). Just do the best you can. In the case of weight loss or exercise, start with the basics. Ease into it, gets the basics right – particularly around nutrition and stick to a basic system for the first few weeks. Don’t overdo it or be discouraged by failure. Being smacked in the head by a swing sucks, but it’s not the end of the world and you can simply try again. Or just sit on it and enjoy the ride 🙂
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