How come it is so hard to manage hump day?

Based on my commitment in the past 48 hours all I need are hair extensions to look like Linda Hamilton in Terminator 2. 

I have been working out hard for months, but the last 48 hours pushed me over the edge. My nutrition has been on point and I survived multiple challenging temptations. I said no to a homemade deep dish pizza with sausage. I went to bed early instead of indulging in late night ice cream with the family.  Now, I’ve hit hump day! The day or time in the program that I have earned a break. Just a little spoon of ice cream, a couple chips with salsa while I set up for the next season of Ozark cannot be that bad. I  will go for a longer run tomorrow morning. Maybe, I can even skip breakfast and push myself a little more on my Peloton bike. Actually, I don’t own a Peloton bike, but the advertising is very compelling.  

Does this sound familiar? There is a reason that how you manage your hump day matters . Taking a break or going off plan can impact your results. This can be one of the few times in life that effort doesn’t always equal reward. If you understand the “why” it will help you stay committed to managing hump day.

Your body wants to keep doing what it was doing.  Living healthy, spot on, for 48 hours is the equivalent of your body holding it’s breath.  Your system is waiting for you to go back to the intermittent snacking on ice cream and chips.  If you decide to eat the deep dish pizza (even just 2 slices), you’ll be back at the pre-48 hour mark, even though you went hard core for those 48 hours. You now have nothing to show. It’s so frustrating.  Ever notice that some people can eat that occasional ice cream without an issue?  Changing your habits slowly over time allows your body to adapt, so that when you do have that ice cream, your body snaps back to the healthy habits, not the unhealthy ones.  Your body will reflect what you do most. Even though you may have faced 9 million challenges in the form of birthday parties, family members showing up with chocolates, or maybe just standing in the kitchen out of boredom staring down a box of doughnuts in those 48 hours, you need to get longer healthy habit time under your belt before you become one of those people who can just eat the ice cream.

Stick with it through your hump day, and try to avoid falling off the wagon, or even just leaning over the side, in the first few days.  Establishing a healthy routine for some make take 3-4 days, and others maybe even 1-2 weeks, depending on your current existing habits.  Either way, you will get there, just don’t give up too quickly!  Manage hump day with the laser focus of Linda Hamilton (or Arnie) and you’ll soon be on the other side.  Hang in there!

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