Thursday, May 05, 2011

I've Got My Routine Back!

Hello World - It's nice to see you again :)

Yes, I'm alive and well - but I have been MIA from my blog for a few months, and I would like to offer a sincere apology to anyone who had been following my posts. I initially planned on taking only a week away, but a week turned into two, and then three . . and now here I am 3 months later - embarrassed and apologetic.

I don't plan on going into a lot of detail in my blog posts regarding the reason for my absence, but I will be brutally honest: Over the last few months, I have made some less-than-stellar food and fitness choices. I won't make excuses for why this happened - regardless of extenuating circumstances, I am responsible for the choices that I made.

On to the GOOD news: I'm 100% back on track and feeling awesome! I'm reminded once again that we sometimes don't realize how much our bodies are affected by our bad food choices until we eliminate them, and then: SHA-BANG!! It feels A-Mazing to have a "clean" body again! I didn't realize how bad my body felt until it didn't feel bad anymore . . does that even make any sense? It may not if you've never experienced it - but I think anyone who's done a Whole30 can relate.

I learned several lessons from my mistakes during my little hiatus, and will gladly share these with the world with the hopes that I can help one person avoid having to learn these lessons the hard way.

Lesson Learned #1: I am a Creature of Habit, and I love having a routine!

I think that a lot of us are creatures of habit. If you've done a Whole30 before, I'm sure that you will agree - the first week is rough because you're not used to prepping all that food. You're used to the convenience of Grab-and-Go Processed foods, and your cravings really kick in when you suddenly realize that it's lunch time, and you don't have anything already prepped - Am I Right?

By the end of a Whole30, a lot of people describe the last week as being "fairly easy" and finally feeling "normal". This is because they have learned to set time aside to prepare meals, and always have something on hand prepped in advanced that they can eat in a pinch. Setting time aside to cook is no longer a chore, but just simply part of the day-to-day routine.

But some people fall off the wagon, and then find it very hard to get back on because they lose that "routine". Once I got out of the habit of cooking breakfasts, lunches, and dinners, it seemed like such a CHORE! I was tired, and Subway was easy - I would cook tomorrow night. This soon became my mantra nearly every night.

The same thing went for my workouts. Once I got out of the habit of going to bed by 9:15 and getting up at 5 to go work out, I forgot how to do it! Suddenly, I was staying up till 11:30 every night, and getting up with just enough time to shower and get to work. Once I broke my routine, it was really, really, really hard to fix it again!

This time around, I had to sit down and pencil out my schedule for the first week. I wrote in my work hours, grocery shopping times, meal prep times, workout times, and my going to bed and waking up times. I had to FORCE myself to stick to this plan for the first few days, and it was aweful! But now it's feeling "normal" again, and I love it. I'm back to the point of wondering why I ever lost this routine in the first place, because it feels so darn good :) Starting a new routine (or getting back to one that's been abandoned for a while) is never easy, but once it's established, boy does it feel great!


Anonymous said...

Welcome back! I have been checking in on a daily basis and was so happy to see you back in the game! I enjoy your recipes and all the randomness so this makes my Friday.

Judi said...

I'm so glad you're back! I always enjoy your posts, and it sounds like you are feeling great and slipping back into your routine. Since you were brutally honest I'll make a confession here as well. About two weeks ago I went on what I like to call an "emotional food bender". I won't make excuses for why it happened or why I let it go on for two weeks, but let's just say I didn't meet a blueberry muffin or piece of bread I didn't eat during that time! However, I'm glad it happened because like you said as soon as i started eating clean again I realized how awful I felt during those two weeks without even realizing it, and it made me not crave the things I once did. So glad that you have found your routine once again...I'm sure glad I have!!

Janis said...

so happy you are back!! you're blog is one of the main ones i follow.

cpb said...

Good to have you back Christie, and thanks for being honest. I have also had a 'lost' 2-3 months and really struggling to get back and build a routine. I have put on weight, which is making me feel really uncomfortable, and I know I just have to 'do it', but it is tough to come back from. A lesson learned - I am also Type A, and not planning on deviating from my routine again!

Anonymous said...

Good to have you back! It is so much easier to stay on track than fall off and try to get back on.

Through the Looking Glass said...

I connected to you through Whole 9. I'm really drawn to your story because, save the fitness competition part, it feels like you're in my shoes. I've been floundering for the last few years, trying to find the one "way" I should be eating and exercising for optimum health and fitness. I'm so exhausted by it all, quite frankly. Your emotional connection to food is identical to mine: I'm obsessed with what I eat, don't eat, should eat, will eat later.

I'm starting the Whole 30 on July 1 (bought the ebook) and am really hoping that this change will bring me the results and peace of mind I'm after. My weight/height stats are the same as yours too, so maybe I can dream of getting similar results.

jillconyers said...

Hi from a new follower and avid runner/P90Xer/clean eater!

I'm not sure how I came to your blog but I'm glad I did. I've been wanting to try crossfit as well as Paleo. Looks like your blog is a great place to start for both.

I'm hosting Fitness Friday blog hop beginning this week. I would love to have you join. Linking up is a great way to increase followers, readers and interest in your blog.

Here are the details

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echokitten said...

Hey! Glad to see you are well...I'm and old "friend" from Livestrong...
I'm home Crossfitting as well. I love it.