Self sabotage happens. Even to the most disciplined person, and usually at the worst possible time. It doesn't have to be fitness related either! People self sabotage in all aspects of their lives. Family relationships. Marriages. Career goals. Hell, I even self sabotage with regards to my sleep. I know I need more, but I always seem to stay up well passed midnight every night and regret it the next morning. Every single time.
The "why" behind our self sabotage is always personal, specific, and varies with each circumstance. There is no unilateral answer as to why a person might sabotage their own success. Some might do it because they feel unloved or unworthy. Others because they don't want to out-shine someone else. For me, this time, it was simply because I'd been pushing myself too hard for too long and I needed a break. I felt like I'd earned a little "cheat weekend" and I took it! Yes, that logic is flawed, but you can't do everything for everyone else and neglect yourself without some downfall. This was my mini downfall.
We all sabotage our progress for different reasons. The point isn't to punish yourself for it, but to understand why it happened and learn from it.
Thankfully, I caught myself before I undid all of my progress and I'm back on my healthy, macro-focused lifestyle. However, this latest episode of self sabotage has taught me that I need to listen to my body more closely. Since I started tracking my macros two months ago, I've lost 10 pounds (woot!) and realize that I tend to "comfort eat" or "stress eat" when things get too rough.
Instead of trying to curb that habit, I have been working to refocus it. Stressed? Wanna snack? Ok, here's some apple slices and peanut butter. Need something sweeter? Cool, we've got chocolate protein bars in the pantry. I'm being honest with myself. Instead of trying to force myself to be someone else, I accept that I am a snacker and stress eater and I'm making those things work within my macros.
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