Following these tips, in addition to cardio and strength training, always gets me back on track physically and mentally. Don’t get me wrong. It was and still is work but we all have to start putting ourselves first a bit more.
Of course our four legged companions can’t do this for themselves so it’s a good thing it’s a joy and honor to care for them, or at least it should be for most of us.
For me, when I adopted my dog, Berlin, in 2010 she naturally became my running buddy and I had a nice streak of keeping my body and health in check.
Feeling good, my boyfriend and I signed up for the 2012 LA Marathon. It was a great idea, but poorly executed. My strength training fell off the way-side and I developed a knee pain that effected my training. I completed the race but needed to recuperate from my injury. When my caloric burn suddenly dropped (running 30+ miles a week pre-race to maybe 12 post-race), and I randomly sprained my ankle, the number on the scale steadily rose. Unlike last time, I went with it.
There was even a day my boyfriend came home and I was eating cookie dough on the couch, with no intention of stopping.
I wasn’t even planning on cooking the dough to make real cookies. My boyfriend said sympathetically, “So that’s where we’re at?” My response was short. “Yep.” I was upset and I was wallowing. My body was hurting, I had put on weight again, and on top of it, my grandmother, who had helped raise me, had past away. It was a rough period, but it was time for a reality check.
I’m not perfect but I know what my best is and that was not it.