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Monday, 29 December 2014

THE POST-INDULGENCE DOWNWARD SPIRAL

The past week has been hard work.  Not being in full training for endless food, too much red wine and Christmas cake has left me feeling flat, fat and short on energy.

Today, being the Monday after the week of Christmas, seemed to be a good day to shift gear back into some semblance of balanced eating, exercise and non-indulgence.  The trouble, however, is with surplus kilograms and low energy levels to contend with, I don't feel much like pumping my bike tyres and hitting the road.  It just feels so much easier to tuck into another bar of Lindt and crack a bottle of Merlot.

This I suspect is the problem with most health and weight issues.  We start enjoying what we label "the good life" and then let our health slip.  We promise ourselves that we can start exercising again, run off the flab quite easily, but then discover that the more weight we've put on, the harder it is to get started on the health path again.  It's so much easier to keep going in the downhill direction that when we finally wake up to which is the way out, it's almost too late because it's too hard to find the way out.

It's a downward health spiral, but a spiral which applies as much to health as it does to the way we behave in our relationships, the way we are in the office, our attitude to money and most everything else.  

The more we let things slide, the harder it is to retrieve them.  Sure, have a glass of wine and a slice of cheesecake from time to time, but don't for a moment believe that you can keep on letting yourself go and then simply turn around and sort things out.  If there's something in your life you want to change, now would be a good time to start.  It may not be easy, but if you're resolved you'll get there.

For the meantime I reckon I'll get going again with my green juice each morning and take it from there.

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