Falling off the wagon
I’m not sure if I’m alone in this, but when I fall off the exercise wagon, I fall off with a thump.
Not exercising seems to be the trigger for me to eat more junk food, and drink more than I should. The pleasure I normally get from a good workout is replaced by the very short-term pleasure of comfort food. Now that I write it down, I can actually hear what the devil on my shoulder is telling me. “You’re going to get back to the gym tomorrow, so today you might as well have pizza and beer”. The problem is, the more days I go without exercising, the ever-harder the first day back becomes, and the worse my diet becomes, the harder it is give up the junk.
Dieting alone isn’t the answer
I’ve never been one to diet. In fact, I’ve never been on a diet. I operate to the mantra of “move more, eat less” although that in itself doesn’t really explain it. What I do know is that when I am exercising regularly, the other components of a healthy lifestyle seem to click into place naturally. I don’t need to be watching what I eat; because when I feel fit and healthy I am more likely to make good food choices rather than bad. Yes, I might allow myself the odd weekend indulgence, but feeling fit makes me feel good, and that makes me eat well, and drink less.
I’m not saying everyone should hit the gym, stop eating biscuits, and give up the Friday tipple, but everyone should make exercise a not-to-miss part of their week, because it helps keep everything else on an even keel.