You were in a great training routine, attending classes and kicking ass 😎😎😎
And then you miss one week of training because you had to travel for work...
and then you missed another week because the kids got sick...
and then another week because you got sick...
and then another week, well, just because 🤷♀️🤷♂️
and all of a sudden, it's a month later and you haven't trained once 😳😳😳
This has happened to me so many times, and I used to let it be a real downer 😞😞😞
I'd feel so disappointed with myself for letting my training slip, like going from "hero to zero". I felt like all the progress I made was lost and that I'd never reach my training goals.
Until I realised that it's OK. Seriously Lindsay Ann (yes that's my second name). It's not the end of the world that I missed a month of training. And it doesn't mean that all my progress is lost.
It's almost impossible to stick to your routine perfectly when you've got work responsibilities, family responsibilities and then basic life-survival in between! It's important not to let these breaks in your routine define your destination or derail your progress.
I'm going to repeat that - DON'T LET THESE DIPS DEFINE YOUR DESTINATION OR DERAIL YOUR PROGRESS - IT'S PART OF THE JOURNEY 💪💪💪
So what if I missed a month of training?! What is important is that I needed that time for whatever it was that kept me from training, whether it was for work or family responsibilities, or even if it was to chill at home and Netflix. I obviously needed that time to unwind and chill my jets, and that's OK ✅✅✅
Don't make these dips bigger than what they are - IT WAS A SIMPLE BREAK... And avoid the self loathing, guilt trips and disappointment in yourself for skipping a few classes, it definitely doesn't impress anyone and it doesn't help you move forward in anyway.
Remember the bigger picture - Rome wasn't built in a day, nor will missing a few days/weeks of training stop you from building your Rome🌍🌍🌍
Try these 6 tips that I use to get my momentum back after a dip:
1. Remind yourself of a specific workout where you felt awesome - like really, really awesome 😎😎😎. Make achieving THAT FEELING your goal. You'll be surprised at how powerful this is 💪💪💪
2. If you book a class, JUST GO, even if you only do one set or just stretch and chat to teh coaches😂😂😂 It's better than canceling your class and feeling disappointed in yourself for not going. This will also reinforce booking and attending 👍👍👍
3. Remind yourself that your workout is ONLY 30 MINUTES. It's SO doable and will be over before you know it.
4. Buy yourself new training kit... 😍😍😍A new pair of trainers or tights can often give you the boost that you need to get your sweat back on... It doesn't have to be expensive, it just needs to make you feel like you've got your game back 👏👏👏
5. Train with a friend or your partner/hubby/wife. If you've committed to make the same class, then you'll be less inclined to cancel. Plus you get to spend time with someone you (hopefully) like 😅😅😅
6. Workout only 2 or 3 times in your first week back. Don't overcommit and try workout 5 times in your first week back - ease back into it, and rebuild a solid training foundation.