How to bounce back from a bad week

Courtney Ley

This week I wanted to share an experience, one of my clients went through last week.

This experience ended up being a great lesson for her, and its inspired me to share it with all of you.

I hadn’t seen her in a week, and I was aware the previous week had not been the best, in her own words.

I was ready to go through her progress, but before I could say anything I was told that her previous week was a disaster.

I braced myself, preparing for the worst.

It was so bad, she told me, that she was too embarrassed to write down a food diary!

A total disaster!

A wasted week!

I just HAD to find out more…

“ok, so what did you have for breakfast on Monday?”

“Did you have a similar breakfast all week?”

“What did you have for lunch?”

The questions and discussion went on, all with the purpose of putting together an image of what the week really looked like.

Truth be told? It wasn’t that bad at all!

Even she was shocked when I explained it to her.

Each week I deliberately "make a mistake" or two to show my clients it's ok!

Yes, it was not her best week, but it was far from a disaster!!

Did she do all her workouts…No. BUT did she do some…Yes!

Was her food intake for the week great…No. BUT did she still manage to get in a lot of good food…Yes!

My tips to help you through this next time you’re experiencing something similar;

  1. Even if you’ve made mistakes – stay accountable and keep recording what you’re doing. By continuing to record your food intake you’re able to look back at the end of the week. You’re able to then get a clear and realistic image of what your week looked like and over time you’re gathering data on what is and isn’t working for you.

  2. Keep perspective! If you think you're slipping and start convincing yourself that you’ve ruined everything – stop and look back. Think about how far you’ve come and how hard you’ve worked. Remember it’s rarely as bad as we like to convince yourselves it is.

  3. Just like my client was – be honest with your trainer. They are there to help you. If they don’t know what the problem are they can’t help you fix them. I was so happy that this experience came up with me client, because she was honest with me and we could work it out together. If you don’t have a trainer – be honest with yourself and the people around you. Secrecy will only make the perceived guilt worse and you will not learn anything from it.

So, the next time you have a bad week, and you’re sure it’s been a ‘disaster’ for your goals. Read this again and think about what lesson you need to learn from your experience!


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