Commit to Recommit
Hello friends, my apologies for my delay in posting, but I’ve been a little out of routine the last few weeks. As such, I thought this was the perfect time to share one of my most important health mantras: Commit to Recommit. Sometimes, in life, I get on a nice workout roll. It takes time, but once I have created a habit, regular workouts can almost seem easy. But other times, for whatever reason, something derails me, maybe work is crazy busy, maybe I get sick, get injured, or maybe I go on vacation and step outside my routine for a bit.
Often, falling off the wagon is accompanied by feelings of guilt, disappointment, or even self-loathing. Depending on the duration or the extent of the fall, you may feel like you’ve lost all the progress you’ve made, and you’re doing yourself a disservice. But, the reality is, there are times when I have needed the rest more than I needed to work out. Sometimes my emotional needs take precedence over my phsyical ones. I do my best to keep these times at a minimum, because as I’ve said, I strongly believe that everyone needs to be active in order to be healthy. So, one of the first commmitments that I made to myself when I changed my lifestyle was "I commit to recommit".
Committing to recommit is a philosophy that can be applied in the moment. Sometimes people make a bad food choice, and are so consumed by the guilt and anger at having done so, they keep on eating bad foods for the rest of the day. If you make a commitment to recommit, it is easier to say "Ok, I ate a doughnut, now I'll have salad to balance it out". Don't let perceived failure derail you.
Committing to recommit also is something that I apply to my way of life, recognizing that for me, sometimes it will be harder for me to workout than others, for any number of reasons. I believe that sustainable health goals can only be reached when you are gentle with yourself, and you allow yourself time for rest, and recreation with your loved ones. But, committing to recommit means that I never forget, even during a rest time, that my healthy lifestyle is a priority and a commitment, and that commitment is for always.
When I was in my long, slow gain that took place from when I moved in with my former roommates until last December, the commitment to recommitment was what kept it from being a really major gain. Working out fell out of habit for me, but that meant that most weeks I would still have at least one workout, and that I’d still have lots of walking most days. I also continued to eat healthily, the majority of the time. The commitment to recommit was that push in the back of my mind saying “Ash, you promised yourself, and you’re going backwards…”
I will admit that I did not do a good job at staying stoic during that time. I felt a lot of guilt. I felt frustration and disappointment. I felt a fair bit of a body hate and self loathing. I do not claim to be perfect. But, it was the commitment to recommit that prevented me from throwing caution entirely to the wind. It was the knowledge that eventually I would be getting back on track, so I didn’t want to go too far down the rabbit hole.
When I finally did fully recommit, in January, I hit the ground running. Sure, mornings were hard, but I wasn’t completely out of shape, because I’d still been doing a bit of exercise here and there, with the knowledge that it was something that I needed to be doing more regularly.
Making the commitment to recommit is a more gentle way to approach weight loss. It means that you don’t need to beat yourself up for any little error, it means you move on, and make tomorrow a little bit better. Sometimes, you can fall off that wagon so badly that it doesn’t seem to be in sight anymore. But, at the end of the day, if you commit to recommit, you know that wagon is there for you to jump back on whenever you’re ready. If you need that break, take it, and try to be gentle with yourself. When you make the commitment to recommit, and you put faith in your ability to do what needs to be done, you are setting yourself up for a lifetime of success. A few lbs here or there mean nothing in the face of a promise that you make to yourself to keep coming back, re-centre, and make your commitment to your health and well-being a life-long priority.