Losing It

My mad, crazy journey to health and beyond

Pop quiz

on February 5, 2017


I don’t usually blog on a Sunday, but since I seem to be at home rather than at a dodgy pub somewhere (weird, I know), I thought I should do something useful with my time, aside from sitting in front of yet another Big Bang Theory marathon. (Also, has anyone seen the new MacGyver reboot? Hollywood, what have you done to my childhood??)

So in my last blog, I mentioned that there were a few questions I was going to try to answer for myself this year. I think it’s good to have goals – I’m definitely the type of person who needs to work towards something – so this year, instead of simply working towards a scale goal and a can-I-get-my-ass-into-those-Levis goal, I’m going to be working on some answers goals as well. Because hopefully by working through these questions, I’ll finally find the solution to long-term health success. Huzzah!

  1. Whyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy for the love of god must it be all or nothing all the time? Why is it either stick to your eating plan 100%, stay away from booze and train 6 days a week, or sit on the couch in your pajamas for a month working your way through the Mr Delivery menu? I DO NOT UNDERSTAND. Seriously, it’s the biggest problem in my life and it’s a total pain in the ass. I hope I find an answer to this soon, because I know that when I do, I’ll make a fricking fortune out of it.
  2. Whyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy must having a drink be the answer to everything bad and stressful and annoying and irritating and boring and otherwise blerg? Why can’t I be one of those people who goes to the gym instead or phones a friend or watches Sex and the City or gets a haircut or whatever? Why can things only be solved with 3 bottles of chardonnay? I DO NOT UNDERSTAND. Even after 15 months of sobriety, I was back on the bottle quicker than Charlie Sheen on a hooker’s ass. IT DOES NOT MAKE SENSE.
  3. Whyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy am I finding it so hard to stay consistently motivated and committed? 2015 it was as easy as falling off a log. 2017 and I’m consistent from breakfast till about lunchtime (and sometimes not even that long). I DO NOT UNDERSTAND. So many healthy habits, so painstakingly cultivated, and so easily swept aside like KFC chilli salt off a counter. Don’t judge me, that salt is awesome.

I think that’s enough for now. Considering I’ve spent most of my life trying to answer just those three questions, it’s actually plenty. I know that some things are human nature. It’s human to want to stay in bed on a cold morning rather than get up and run. To want to go for the easy takeaway option when you’re tired, rather than having to cook. To want to sit on the couch all day blaming everyone else rather than having to get up and take responsibility for your actions. But I think if I can find a way to balance work and play, to cope with life constructively and to sustain healthy habits in the long term, I’ll find running in the rain child’s play by comparison.

Get your scoresheets out people – I’ve got some ticks I need to start putting into boxes.

4 responses to “Pop quiz

  1. Sarah says:

    I wish I knew the answer to all those questions! I don’t know if you’ve seen that meme of the stick person and there’s a caption under it that says ‘consumes vast quantities of chocolate’ and the blob person next to the stick one there’s a caption ‘breathes around chocolate’. Sooooo me.

    The only answer I have is if you fall off the wagon for one meal then try and make sure the next one is a healthy one (and delete Mr deliverys number from the phone!) today I had ice cream and chocolate for lunch and then healthy veggie patties and salad for dinner. Sometimes we need to eat our feelings (and drink) but so long as you can acknowledge you’re doing that I think you’re halfway there already. Unfortunately the heavier we are, the more difficult it is to exercise and so irritating that changes don’t occur quickly. For me personally I found going to see a dietician last year really helped me – I was honest with her and said ‘don’t cut out carbs because then this isn’t going to work’ and she hasn’t – basically she’s introduced portion control into my life (which is still flipping difficult) and minimal dairy and sugar. I can still have the odd cup of wine and two ‘cheat meals’ a week. Also, we are constantly looking for ‘quick fixes’ – weight loss takes time and it has taken almost a year and I’ve only lost 10kgs but I’ve also completed the 94.7 and a number of half marathons. My whole body has changed and I just feel so much better so want to keep on being better if that makes sense? If you pick some goals to compete in and complete that really helps too. I also try and follow who I feel are particularly inspiring people on social media.

    Obviously all of these things have helped me hence why I’m suggesting them (feel free to disregard what you think is rubbish too 🙂 ) and I really hope that you find things to help you too. It’s such a tough journey but you’re not alone (even though it seems so sometimes). Sending lots of strength xxx

    • nicface says:

      Thanks so much 🙂 I do have a nutritionist and I have two half marathons I’m doing this year so all those plans are in place. It’s my head I need to get right; those three things specifically, so let’s see how it goes. Thanks for sharing and good luck!

  2. On the all or nothing part, I saw Precision Nutrition’s latest (I think) blog post and he was talking about dialing down instead of completely stopping. So instead of being 100% accurate with whatever part of your health plan, plan what it will look like if it was to be scaled back a bit. So instead of a total stop, rather do very little, and you decide that. Hope this helps somewhat with a plan of action. So if 100% is 6 days a week for gym, 100% tracking your food, etc, decide what even 10% will look like, and try that.

    • nicface says:

      That’s really interesting, thanks! I actually subscribe to PN’S newsletters – but I rarely read them as I’m too busy or lazy (mostly the latter). Will go check it out, thanks!

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