This week has been very busy and at times I’ve felt like I was swimming upstream in treacle with an anchor tied to my ankle. However sitting here reflecting on the last five days I can see that I am starting to make better decisions. The week started to catch up with me on Thursday morning when I woke up to go to the gym. As I lay in bed I felt really flat and had no motivation. However I knew I wouldn’t get a second chance to do the session I had planned so I pulled back the covers and dragged my arse to the gym. Despite my lack of enthusiasm I pushed myself really hard. It was tough going but as soon as I finished the final rep of my final set I felt sooooo much better. I walked out of the gym feeling like I could take on anything the day threw at me, which was good because it ended up being one of those days!
Having left the gym on a high my day went down hill pretty fast and by the time I got home I just wanted to cook dinner and chill on the sofa. However there was a little problem when it came to dinner, I didn’t have the main ingredient for my Chicken Tikka Masala! I’d forgotten to get the chicken out of the freezer in the morning. So now I had a decision to make, go back out and buy some chicken or order takeaway. I was about to reach for my phone when a little voice reminded me that I am trying to be healthier and a takeaway wouldn’t help with that. So instead of my phone I grabbed my car keys and went to the shops. I bought some chicken and made Lean in 15 Chicken Tikka Masala for dinner. And you know what, it tasted so good!
The decisions I faced on Thursday highlight how life constantly tests your resolve. In the past when presented with similar decisions I’ve made bad choices. I know that this time last year when I forgot to get dinner, instead of going out and buying something healthy I just order a takeaway. I’m sure at the time I enjoyed the takeaway but I guarantee that I woke up the next day feeling frustrated at my lack of progress. Earlier this month I wrote a blog about using social media as inspiration, not as a benchmark and in the blog I wrote that “any long-term goal requires perseverance and there will be times when you struggle”. This week has tested my determination and my ability to make better decisions. I am really pleased that I persevered, remained focussed and did not repeat the mistakes of 2016.
I’ve just got to keep it going now!