I Screwed it – Big Time!

This weekend has been an absolute nightmare for me. My motivation levels were completely depleted. Fortunately, it’s not a disaster. It’s a chance for me to figure out what went wrong and how to avoid it happening again.

I guess the main thing to remember here, is that it is completely natural!

Initial thoughts

I’ve had loads of people praising me for sticking at it. My girlfriend actually praised me for the amount of dedication I put into going to the gym, despite it meaning I rarely spend quality time with her. She actually only did this last Wednesday too. So why did I fuck it at the weekend?

Personally, I think I burnt out (again). These workouts I’m doing along with a calorie deficit, seem to be too much for my body. But maybe that’s because I’m not used to it. I mean, I’m seeing the results. My waistline has slimmed, my HR is decreasing, and I’m starting to manage to cope a whole workout WITHOUT a break!

I think, quite clearly, this is a great workout routine. Especially for somebody trying to cut.

What went wrong?

As I mentioned before, I think I burnt out. On Friday, I couldn’t find the energy within myself to go to the gym. On Saturday, the same thing – but of course, I was coming down with a cold. This was quite a surprise to me as I fought off the last cold before it got to me, the last time there was one going around at home.

I think, the mixture of contracting a cold and working too hard at the gym, knocked all of my power and determination.

What happened during?

Well, as like everybody else, the binge began. The girlfriend was solid as a rock for me, but I caved to the idea of chocolate, despite her warning me of the consequences. I probably ate well over 3,000 calories on Saturday and Sunday. Above my goal by 1,000 each day and without going to the gym, I had eaten well above my Total Daily Energy Expenditure (TDEE).

I slept, I played games, and I drank. God, I feel awful admitting all of this, but it is the truth.

What Am I going to do to fix this?

Well, I decided it’s a new week, so it’s a new start.

I woke up early (admittedly to write this blog, before work) and I cooked myself some awesome protein pancakes. Seriously, I would check out MyProtein for their protein pancake mix, it’s awesome!

I wrote my blog, and I intended to walk to work, I set off just in the nick of time. Unfortunately, I made it 1/4 of the way before realising I left my laptop at home! Who’d of thought, I was just blogging about it too! So I had to go back and drive to work instead. Never mind eh?

So I’m going to pick it up from the start of Week 2 again. It means repeating a couple of workouts but I want to have my rest day on a Sunday as opposed to a Thursday.

Thankfully, I’m seeing the right results. I can repair the damage done and resolve the issue. So what if I fucked up? I can accept I have made a mistake, which means I can prepare to fix it.

So let’s get back to it!

If you live long enough, you’ll make mistakes. But if you learn from them, you’ll be a better person. It’s how you handle adversity, not how it affects you. The main thing is never quit, never quit, never quit. – William J. Clinton


If you would like to try the routine, please visit Jim Stoppani’s 6-week Shortcut to Shred. Also, if anybody has ever tried this routine or something similar, please let me know your thoughts and results in the comments below!

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2 Replies to “I Screwed it – Big Time!”

  1. Sometimes you just need to listen to your body. If you are not used to hard training you have to be very careful with your diet and hydration , but I am sure you know better. It happens to me very often to catch a cold after a very intense workout. And most of the times we get tired mentally and then physically, so relax, spend time with your girl and friends and your motivation will be high again. Nice post ! ! ! !

    1. Amen my brother! It’s funny really because I skipped the last bout of cold that was going around back at home. But I guess that one must have weakened me enough for this one to take hold. You’re right though. Sometimes you have to listen to your body and let it recover before the situation gets worse. I have seen many people overtrain and cause injury and severe illness from it.

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