Good habits disrupted
January 4, 2011 8:49 AM Subscribe
I need help dealing with the emotion/mental stress that comes with screwing up a positive routine.
posted by Ideal Impulse to health & fitness (14 answers total) 11 users marked this as a favorite
About two years ago, I made a committment to start living healthier (like a number of the New Year's AskMe posts I've seen!); I work out three times a week, I cut out a lot of processed sugar and fat from my diet, and started eating much more fruits and vegetables. I like doing this--I feel better, my measures of health are better, and I look better. I have a set routine that I have gotten into, but the problem is, I get very anxious and upset when my routine is broken.
Today is a good example--I had been out of town for the past week and a half, and my routine was all shot to hell. But I had accepted that, and was okay with it. I wasn't thrilled about it, but I had acknowledged that, in order to take this trip, I would have to sacrifice some parts of my healthy lifestyle temporarily. I got in Sunday, and began easing back into my usual life. Today was the day I was to hit the gym and eat like I normally do, but my plans have already been derailed for today at least. Something came up at work, and I wasn't able to make it to the gym. And I just realized that I forgot to pack one of my veggies snacks in my lunch! I won't get all my servings of vegetables today without them.
And I just feel awful about it--anxious, upset, pretty sure that I can feel my body falling apart as we speak. I'm only kinda joking. I hate this feeling, and this isn't the first time I've felt it. On other occasions, when my routine has been disrupted, I feel like I get into a funk that lasts the whole day, if not longer, and I'm already starting to get anxious because I realized I won't have an opportunity to work out again until Thursday. In addition, I feel like I don't deal with stress as well throughout the rest of the day. Another time, I had biked to the gym, and for some bafflnig reason, my bike lock had broken. I was so extremely upset; I couldn't work out! I had to bike to a place to buy a new lock, and by then, I didn't have time to do my regular routine. I felt like the rest of the day had been ruined.
I am looking for advice on how to better handle when my routine gets disrupted--does anyone have some thoughts that have worked for them in a similar situation? I'm not looking for how to better schedule or stick to a routine--that hasn't really been an issue. Nor am I looking for non-gym exercise routines--the gym is actually the only place that really works for me. The problem is the few times my routine doesn't work for whatever reason, and how I can better handle it.