Reflecting on July

During the first week of July, I wrote a post on going back to the gym and getting back into blogging after a break of three weeks. Unfortunately, I have not been able to fully commit to either of these, and so it is time to reflect and move forward. As part of my reflection process, I wanted to write down some things which each and every one of you could benefit from reading:

Don’t beat yourself up

Everyone fails. You will fail. I don’t mean this to sound defeatist, but accepting your failures will help you learn from them, and move on. The key here, is not to beat yourself up about it, and to move on.

The number of times I have failed to get back on track with my fitness, or my blogging comes to mind at this point. It can happen fairly quickly; life just takes over and times runs away from you. What is important, is that you recognise it, you reflect why you started, and whether the hunger to continue still exists within you. If it does, then you can slowly begin to get yourself back on track.

Don’t give up

Sometimes, giving up seems like the only option. Actively scheduling in time for the gym, blogging, or whatever else it is that you are trying to achieve over a longer period of time can do a world of difference. Providing a structured approach for yourself can be just what you need to get back on track.

I have not been blogging, or going to the gym properly for almost a month. Thinking back now, it is most likely because I have not actively planned out a way of getting back into my routine. I have had more of a ‘I will do it tomorrow’ attitude, but having this attitude does not always help get you back on track as quickly as you would like. Having a ‘I will do it slowly but I will start today’ attitude can make a much bigger difference in getting back on track. So here’s my advice, moving from July into August:

  1. Start today: Whether it’s a 10 minute brainstorm for blog post ideas, or a 20 minute run, starting off slowly can work wonders when it is done proactively and sooner rather than later.
  2. Plan: Whether it’s planning 1-2 hours a week for blogging, or a 1-hour workout three times a week, planning out your first month to get back into the swing of things can really help you get back on track.
  3. Take it slow: Progress takes time, and there will be some hurdles along the way. Take your time and allow yourself to get back on track. Rushing it will only make you want to quit faster from exhaustion.
  4. Don’t do it alone: If you’re looking to get some ideas for blogging, speak to a friend. If you’re looking to get back into the gym, get motivation from others. I joined a group of women participating in a fresh start with Kayla Itsines’s BBG workouts. We use an Instagram hashtag to motivate each other (check out #bbgcrushmode for this).

BBG Week One - Back on Track

Once you stop putting things off, and you start to plan, and seek motivation, you will get closer to where you want to be. You will find that the structure will help you mitigate time wasting.

Don’t become impatient

You know what they all say (and yes it’s a cliche), but Rome wasn’t built in a day. That rhymed slightly more than intended, but it does ring true. No one said going to the gym religiously and keeping on track from day one would be easy. No one said it was a bad thing to fail. What is bad, is to fail over and over, from making the same mistakes.

So relax, take time to reflect on your journey, and remember why you started to begin with. You will find, that you have already made much more progress than you’re giving yourself credit for. Acknowledge your progress, reward yourself for it, and move on to get back to the path you want to be on.

As always, thank you for reading Coffee Guaranteed. x

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