Surviving the Perfect Storm

By · June 5, 2014 · Motivation · 6 Comments
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What happens when the teacher becomes the student?

I always practice what I preach. Am I perfect? No.

As far as experiments go, I am the guinea pig for all products, recipes, strategies and solutions that I teach. What I have learned is that no matter what size you are, our thought processes and needs are basically the same.

We struggle, we succeed, and we are always trying to be our best. We all want to feel good and be in control of our lives and our appearance.

For the past few months life has been unusually stressful for me. With this added stress came the coping mechanisms we all use to just get by; comfort foods, less time at the gym, less effort expended to take care and be healthy.

And while on the surface my day-to-day motions looked the same, at a closer glance it was not the case at all.

So I am wondering if these challenges are happening to you. Just below your exterior a storm may already be underway…

For me, it started innocently enough.

One square of chocolate after a spicy salad turned into two; after lunch and dinner, and sometimes just for the heck of it.

Portion sizes started to grow, and bread which managed to remain unseen for quite some time, suddenly seemed like a great idea.

More evenings out to dinner, and “you have to order the fries” was getting the best of me.

While I was faithfully going to the gym, I wasn’t putting in my 110%. I was basically going through the motions and calling it a day.

And the worst part was that I was not motivated AT ALL. Very unusual for me, but again, it was so subtle I hardly noticed the tipping points.

Tomorrow, I told myself; and tomorrow melted into the next, until months had gone by with this false sense of control.

It wasn’t until the nagging unease was keeping me awake at night that I realized I had gone too far, and that reversing this trend was not only necessary but inevitable.

Have you been where I was at? That insurmountable passage where it just seems so hard to get back on track? That point of almost giving up and accepting what is?

Fortunately, the body is a wise vessel. Its natural state is to be healthy, and it will do everything in its power to stay there by giving you signs, symptoms and signals.

So how did I get the wheels turning again when they’d all but fallen off the bus? It wasn’t easy, but it was a lesson that can be learned, taught and shared.

Next week I will be sharing those lessons with you.

If you are still in that place, understand that sometimes when you reach your lowest point, your finest hour is waiting to be realized.

In the meantime, can you relate to feeling helpless in regards to your weight, fitness level or health? If so, how did you pull yourself out of the slump? Leave a comment below and let’s start a conversation.

Surviving the Perfect Storm

6 Responses

  1. I feel that way today. I was doing well with my new way of gluten-free eating and feeling great and along came all of the things you described so accurately above. This weekend I found a journal at the bookstore. It is a Food Journal through the Bonnie Marcus Collection. It is packed with recipes and tips for healthy eating and living. I decided not to wait another day and begin “on Monday” which is my typical mantra. I am beginning today and logging all that I eat and try to break through this huge barrier. I am with you Annette! Wish me luck 🙂 Looking forward to next week’s post!

    Karen June 5, 2014 at 4:37 pm #
    • Karen, it is hard when you find yourself stuck in the “thick of it”. But you are right, disciplined action is where it’s at. I loved that you decided not to wait until Monday. The time is now! I have no doubt that you can bust through. It’s small steps; that’s what I did— until I walked myself right through the eye of the storm. There is always sunshine on the back end! Stick with the journal this week, and you will start to notice a difference in your thoughts and attitudes. Hang in! We are in this together.

      Annette Alfieri June 5, 2014 at 8:45 pm #
  2. These posts are very helpful! I am feeling stuck and at the point where it might all fall apart also! I like the journal idea, I will have to take a look for it. It will give me the needed sense of control that life seems to take away from me, and everyone at some point I suppose.
    As painful as it might be Annette, I love that you struggle too! It really helps everyone to see that you have the same “problems”.

    Deb Barlow June 6, 2014 at 12:10 pm #
    • Deb,it is helpful to know that everyone struggles at one time or another. However there is safety in numbers, and we are all in it together!The journal is a great idea to keep you accountable and on track.

      Annette Alfieri June 6, 2014 at 8:04 pm #
    • Deb,it is helpful to know that everyone struggles at one time or another. However there is safety in numbers, and we are all in it together!The journal is a great idea to keep you accountable and on track.

      Annette Alfieri June 6, 2014 at 8:04 pm #
  3. Hi Annette. Thanks for your honesty and openness. We can ALL relate I’m sure.

    I just wanted you to know that I made your SAVORY SMOOTHY this afternoon and I LOVE IT! Very different from the ones I usually make. It’s really like having a salad in a glass!

    I am about to try your eggplant parmigiana. Assuming I can find your recipe! lol

    Thanks for sharing! Sherry

    Sherry Gipson August 24, 2014 at 5:51 pm #

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