Lose Your Spark?
From time to time we lose our spark.
It's OK, but let's chat.
We all go through times when the gym seems to take a back seat. It seems harmless at first, missing some training because you're working a bit more, skipping the gym because you feel a bit run down, or sometimes the weather is just beautiful, and it's more comfortable to sit on your deck.
If you need a day off, by all means, I'm not going to argue with you. But there is a warning, and you need to be mindful. A day off could quickly turn into a week that turns into a month. That month turns into questioning training at all. Before you know it you're in a little backslide.
You probably haven't lost much strength at all, but that doesn't stop you from feeling like you have. You're not entirely deconditioned either, but you start to feel a bit off. You're not sleeping as well, and that leads to not handling stress as efficiently as you usually would. You feel on edge and the thought of hitting the gym, somewhere you love, is irritating to you. By this point, you've probably screwed up your nutrition a little and feeling a bit hopeless like everything you've accomplished you've lost.
Look, this isn't a scare tactic, it's reality. I know because I've been there. Several times. I don't know a single person who hasn't.
So what happens now? What if you've fallen off? How do you find your jam again?
Here are a few easy steps you can take that I've seen have a positive impact:
1) Have a conversation. If you train at a CrossFit affiliate, find a coach and ask if they have 10 minutes. They do. Talk about your situation or whatever topic you feel. Be candid.
2) Ramp it back up, slowly. Just showing up can be overwhelming after a break. Don't add the pressure of going at 100% on top of things. Be patient.
3) Reset your goals. Spend some real time on this one. Finding a new or updated set of goals could be just what the doctor ordered! Be S.M.A.R.T.
If this post is about you, then you already understand the importance of training and the impact it has on your health and wellness. You're aware that waiting won't help. You also know that you'll feel better once you're back in your routine. Avoid excuses and get to work. You owe it to yourself.