Not only are people starting to count down to Christmas, shops are getting stocked for Christmas and everyone is whining about Christmas decorations in public places already, but the nights are getting longer and the days shorter.
Along with longer night come cold mornings and just and cold evenings (though so far in the UK this week hasn’t been to bad in the evening). Last week I started riding in a Windproof Jacket and some Bib Tights, but last week is as far as I got. I’ve not been out on the bike since Tuesday last week because of a cold.
This time of year is when I start to get colds more and more frequent. All through Winter I will have a cold from one week to the next, but I try not to let it get in my way. I still work, I still help out with the kids and around the house, never moaning about having a cold. I soldier on through where I can, but I can’t face getting out on the bike. The thought of getting outside and panting while pushing down on those pedals really doesn’t appeal to me right now. All I want to do is cosy up on the sofa and eat junk food.
It’s not doing any good for me mentally not getting out on the bike. Right now I am feeling down and demotivated. The constant headache, the constant snot pouring from my nose and the sore throat is driving me nuts! All that mixed together means I’m not getting the sleep my body and my head requires at the moment. Lack of sleep means lack of energy. Lack of energy means lack of desire to get out on the saddle. That then leads to me not feeling good about myself and comfort eating.
This last week hasn’t been great for sticking to the Slimming World plan either. I even missed last nights weigh-in and IMAGE Therapy that I need. This is a danger zone for me. Missing a group often leads to me going way off the rails when I’m feeling fit and healthy, image the temptation of just consuming huge numbers of unneeded calories while I’m feeling like I am. This leads to constant battle in my head.
I depend on my Slimming World group each week to keep me on track, it’s what it’s there for. Other people in the group are likely the same as me, it’s routine and it’s required in order to keep that weight figure down. Already today I’ve had a fight with food. How I feel I just want comfort food; Bread, Chocolate, Crisps. I don’t want to eat healthy foods right now, but I need to. I can’t afford to go back to group next week with a huge gain and undo what I’ve achieved already. I also know from previous experience that if I start to eat unhealthily because I’m not feeling great, I start to feel worse. I start to feel depressed that I’ve given into myself, that I wasn’t strong enough to no to that take away or that sharing size bag of crisps.
This is where the Slimming World group comes in. It gives me a new lease of life each week through my ‘life style change’. It gives me the motivation to keep going for the next week and make the better choices. I’m missing that now this week. I’m sat here writing this thinking but there is a group tonight or tomorrow nearby, but I’ve a really bad cold and I don’t want to go coughing and sharing germs around other people – they certainly wouldn’t approve of it. It’s an excuse, it really is, but it’s the time of year that colds are more common and we should be doing what we can to stop spreading them. I’m working from home today as I don’t want to be responsible for other people in the office getting the strain of cold I have.
Physically I’m exhausted, mentally I’m tired. I just have to keep reminding myself of the long game here. I want to shed that weight so I can get that new bike and carry on with what I’ve found I’m really enjoying. This cold can’t stop me achieving that, it can only set me back. But I don’t want a set back, I want to keep going forward. I’m going to keep drinking fluids, I’m going to try my best to keep to healthier foods. I’m not going to give into temptation just because I feel down and tired, I can do this.