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Why Do We Crash?

Feb 27, 2018 12:16PM ● By Ana Nieto

OK, you have finally revved yourself up into a strong regimen of healthy eating, consistent workouts, awesome energy levels and looking like an Abercrombie & Fitch model. You are like that gorgeous convertible sports car we’ve seen a thousand times in Hollywood flicks driving down Pacific Coast Highway on a sunny day. Then all of the sudden—whoom! You fly off the cliff crashing into a fiery explosion.

        One day you wake up, look at yourself in the mirror, and see a completely different person. What happened to my triceps? I hate myself for eating ice-cream last night! Why do I look so old? Who am I kidding?

        But have we really changed? In some cases, we truly have let our healthy routine run off the cliff, but, more often than not, this feeling of disaster is mere perception, not reality and is absolutely natural. We all encounter these dips into sadness, stress or doubt because we feel the self- imposed pressure to constantly improve and attain the next level of conditioning.

        I believe that, in life, we often sink down a bit before coming up stronger. If the blueprint for health in your mind is written to overcome set-backs, you’ll be fine. Just look back in the mirror and say, “Hey Mr./Ms. Abercrombie, I’ve got something better to come, so watch out!”

Here are some tips:

Before entirely giving up your exercise and nutrition routine due to a crash, give yourself a break. Step away for a couple of days to regroup, then come back one step at a time. Look in the mirror and say, “I will do this; it’s written into my new blueprint for health.”

Change your routine. I suggest that you change up your exercise a little. Eat something completely new and foreign to you or stop eating something you eat consistently to give your body a break. Look in the mirror and say, “Crashing is just a calling to try something different.”

Obsessing on stress creates stagnation, not forward progress. Often, we have to let go to achieve what we ultimately desire. Be clear on your goals, plan the necessary steps and take action. Then time will be your best friend.

Ana Nieto is the founder of Volar, Transformational Mentorship & Coaching. Her business model incorporates more than personal training, and it’s geared toward helping you transform not only how you look and feel, but also to transform how you relate to life itself. For more information, visit  This article originally appeared in Affinité Magazine.


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