Healthy Living

Fitness Fail

I want to cry. Deep heart-wrenching sobs. Because that’s how I feel about myself. This year has been pretty shitty as far as my health and fitness is concerned. I had high goals I set at the beginning of the year to lose some of that excess weight I’d gained over the holidays and to get fit again. Three months later, I’m worse off than when I began.

Why?

Well, for starters, my weight has increased and before you say it, no, it isn’t muscle mass. My eating has become worse thanks to a combination of stress, anxiety and low mood. Worst of all, my exercise has gone downhill. I have gone from being someone who woke up and hit the gym at least 5 times a week to someone who has exercise once these past two weeks. And I’ve averaged about 2 to 3 times since January. For the past two weeks, I have legitimate reasons — I’ve been sick this week with the flu and last week, I had a tender ankle {which still isn’t a 100 percent} following the overnight hike I did during the Easter weekend.

What has really stuffed me up this year is a new routine. Previously, my routine was great. Hit the gym at 6 for a class, finish by 6:45, get to work by 7:15, shower and be ready by 8. Perfect.

Now, with a new job this year, I have to be at work by 8 but given I catch public transport, I travel for an hour. I’ve finally nutted down a good time and the train to catch is 7:05. But that’s from a different station to where my old gym used to be — the station there has fewer trains compared to the one I’m currently catching trains from. Anyway, I did sign up to a new gym for me to just workout on my own and earlier but I realise I am missing going to classes.

After work is not possible either as I only get back at 6 and won’t make it in time for a 6:30 class at my old gym due to traffic reasons. I’m also just tired after work and prefer to have my workouts done in the morning.

So yes, without gym classes, my motivation is low. Having put on weight and feeling lousy about myself, my motivation is low. Due to tiredness and stress, my motivation is low. Even signing up to the 12WBT program didn’t help my motivation.

I’ve got to get my motivation back, my fitness back, my health back. Yes, I need to lose those few kilos. I need to eat healthy again. I need to manage my stress. I think the week ahead is the perfect time to start.

It’s school holidays and even though I’m working, my hours are a bit more flexible. I’m aiming to go to my old gym {my membership expires in June} back to the classes from Monday to Saturday. It’s also a good time to look at yoga.

Apart from that, I’m hoping I also get myself organised at work which means I have more regular hours once term goes back and can get away from work on time. I think I would have the energy for yoga after work unlike the gym. I also have to get myself to the physio for my foot/ankle.

In the mean time, I’m hoping by saying things out loud here, I’ll be more committed. Because accountability has always helped my motivation.

So yes, the first quarter of 2016 has been a huge fitness failure. But maybe it’s not too late. Maybe by next summer, I’ll be back to where I used to be in 2013-2014.

Fitter. Healthier. More energetic. Less stressed.

How do you get yourself motivated to exercise? 

Do share!

***Linking with Sammie and Shannon for The Ultimate Rabbit Hole***

Until next time,

Cheers!!!

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  • Alix @ The builderette
    April 9, 2016 at 2:27 pm

    I know the feeling! So hard to stay on track – I wander off track disturbingly easily. Hope that things go well. I look forward to an update.

    • Sanch @ Living my Imperfect Life
      April 10, 2016 at 7:29 am

      I used to be pretty good with my exercise Alix…my eating was where I would get off track. But yeah, now everything seems to have gone off track! Sigh…

  • Alix @ The builderette
    April 9, 2016 at 2:27 pm

    I know the feeling! So hard to stay on track – I wander off track disturbingly easily. Hope that things go well. I look forward to an update.

    • Sanch @ Living my Imperfect Life
      April 10, 2016 at 7:29 am

      I used to be pretty good with my exercise Alix…my eating was where I would get off track. But yeah, now everything seems to have gone off track! Sigh…

  • Parul
    April 9, 2016 at 4:03 pm

    I’ve a similar routine as you had earlier. 5:45 to get up for a yoga class at 7. I’m back by 8:20 and then hitting work by 9:45. My March was good cos I went to classes 50% of the time and my only motivation is to keep my back pain free and in shape. For my body type, I can’t seem to lose any weight. I’m not a junk food eater but still by weight is 10 kgs over my standard. Now that really doesn’t worry me cos of my height. But still.
    With the FitBit challenges that you are inviting me to, I’ve come to realize I walk less. Even when you had the flu, you walked more than me. That’s surprises me cos that shows I need to walk more 🙂
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  • Parul
    April 9, 2016 at 4:03 pm

    I’ve a similar routine as you had earlier. 5:45 to get up for a yoga class at 7. I’m back by 8:20 and then hitting work by 9:45. My March was good cos I went to classes 50% of the time and my only motivation is to keep my back pain free and in shape. For my body type, I can’t seem to lose any weight. I’m not a junk food eater but still by weight is 10 kgs over my standard. Now that really doesn’t worry me cos of my height. But still.
    With the FitBit challenges that you are inviting me to, I’ve come to realize I walk less. Even when you had the flu, you walked more than me. That’s surprises me cos that shows I need to walk more 🙂
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  • Inderpreet Kaur Uppal
    April 10, 2016 at 12:45 am

    Saying it out loud work make a difference. You are trying.
    Even I have been struggling with a bad knee. Hang in there.
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  • Inderpreet Kaur Uppal
    April 10, 2016 at 12:45 am

    Saying it out loud work make a difference. You are trying.
    Even I have been struggling with a bad knee. Hang in there.
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  • Kaddu
    April 10, 2016 at 1:43 am

    I have had a heel spur for more than a year now. So cant even walk properly. On top of it, I got a frozen shoulder this January. So now the mobility of an arm is also restricted. Just hot water baths for the foot and lot of physiotherapy for the shoulder. That’s the only exercise I am getting these days! It is totally depressing. So I know where you’re coming from. But this is just a phase and it will pass. I just try to keep myself busy with whatever I can do.
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  • Kaddu
    April 10, 2016 at 1:43 am

    I have had a heel spur for more than a year now. So cant even walk properly. On top of it, I got a frozen shoulder this January. So now the mobility of an arm is also restricted. Just hot water baths for the foot and lot of physiotherapy for the shoulder. That’s the only exercise I am getting these days! It is totally depressing. So I know where you’re coming from. But this is just a phase and it will pass. I just try to keep myself busy with whatever I can do.
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  • Sarah @sarahdipity
    April 10, 2016 at 4:42 pm

    Unfortunately I have no awesome advice to share because I really suck at this myself…I actually just drafted a post about this very thing the other day! Sounds like you’ve had a lot going on and it’s just a case of getting back into a good routine…good luck!

  • Sarah @sarahdipity
    April 10, 2016 at 4:42 pm

    Unfortunately I have no awesome advice to share because I really suck at this myself…I actually just drafted a post about this very thing the other day! Sounds like you’ve had a lot going on and it’s just a case of getting back into a good routine…good luck!

  • Zita
    April 10, 2016 at 6:51 pm

    I am currently doing the Maxine’s Challenge and loving it. It has really gotten me on track with my eating and exercise. I was going ok on my own but felt I needed the accountability and the challenge. I was worried leading into it because this household is temptation heaven but I have been really strong and happy with my progress. I think so much of it is mindset and when you can get that right things will start to fall back into place. Don’t be so hard on yourself and take it one meal, one workout at a time… You’ll get there, I know you will! Take care
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  • Zita
    April 10, 2016 at 6:51 pm

    I am currently doing the Maxine’s Challenge and loving it. It has really gotten me on track with my eating and exercise. I was going ok on my own but felt I needed the accountability and the challenge. I was worried leading into it because this household is temptation heaven but I have been really strong and happy with my progress. I think so much of it is mindset and when you can get that right things will start to fall back into place. Don’t be so hard on yourself and take it one meal, one workout at a time… You’ll get there, I know you will! Take care
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  • Ashleigh My Meow
    April 11, 2016 at 8:05 am

    Totally understand this. I’m finding it super hard to get into a routine with a new job. This week I’m going to try gym an route to work. You will get there. Being sick is a sign you just need to take some time out. I’m amazed at how much you fit in. Don’t be hard on yourself xx

  • Ashleigh My Meow
    April 11, 2016 at 8:05 am

    Totally understand this. I’m finding it super hard to get into a routine with a new job. This week I’m going to try gym an route to work. You will get there. Being sick is a sign you just need to take some time out. I’m amazed at how much you fit in. Don’t be hard on yourself xx

  • Janet aka Middle Aged Mama
    April 11, 2016 at 10:52 am

    LOL I wish I had the answer, I could do with a good dose of it myself!
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  • Janet aka Middle Aged Mama
    April 11, 2016 at 10:52 am

    LOL I wish I had the answer, I could do with a good dose of it myself!
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  • Sammie @ The Annoyed Thyroid
    April 11, 2016 at 7:11 pm

    Oh it’s not a fail, it’s just a bump in the road. I know you might have taken the foot off the gas in the fitness department, but look at all the things you have achieved with your new job and in other areas. I spent 2 years getting to goal weight at Weight Watchers and the last five eating it all back on. It sucks balls. I’m signing up again (right after I post this comment, in fact) because I am such a slacker, I need to be held accountable, and I have an IG friend doing it too, so we can support each other. You can do this, I know you can, just be kind to yourself ‘kay?!
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    April 11, 2016 at 7:11 pm

    Oh it’s not a fail, it’s just a bump in the road. I know you might have taken the foot off the gas in the fitness department, but look at all the things you have achieved with your new job and in other areas. I spent 2 years getting to goal weight at Weight Watchers and the last five eating it all back on. It sucks balls. I’m signing up again (right after I post this comment, in fact) because I am such a slacker, I need to be held accountable, and I have an IG friend doing it too, so we can support each other. You can do this, I know you can, just be kind to yourself ‘kay?!
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  • Karin @ Calm to Conniption
    April 11, 2016 at 8:12 pm

    Oh Sanch, I fell off the wagon ages ago and just couldn’t be bothered chasing it. I think good on you for trying to figure out all the ways to get there. I am sure you will get back in the swing, your determination in this posts highlights you will get there. Don’t bash yourself up about it, illness and a tender ankle will take anyone out. Good luck but I have full faith you will get back in there. 🙂
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    April 11, 2016 at 8:12 pm

    Oh Sanch, I fell off the wagon ages ago and just couldn’t be bothered chasing it. I think good on you for trying to figure out all the ways to get there. I am sure you will get back in the swing, your determination in this posts highlights you will get there. Don’t bash yourself up about it, illness and a tender ankle will take anyone out. Good luck but I have full faith you will get back in there. 🙂
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  • Theresa
    April 14, 2016 at 4:20 pm

    Ohh I had the same problem when I started this job with the nasty public transport times making it really too early in the morning to workout and being absolutely exhausted by the time I got home fed everyone etc etc. My only problem is I started this job 4 1/2 years ago, so the damage to my weight (and more than likely health) is likely to be worse. I did try organising a workout at lunch, but having to workout and shower and get changed just didn’t have enough time – without needing to stay back even later! I am looking for suggestion and am close to considering a change of job (or maybe just move closer) LOL

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