Jul 15, 2013

    Fighting my way back to Fitville

    The Star/Asia News Network

    IT'S happened again. You've fallen off the fitness bandwagon and you're having trouble getting back on.

    The good news is, it's never too late to start, and the sooner you do, the better you will feel.

    I personally have a love-hate relationship with fitness. It is a volatile, wretched romance.

    Even for someone who loves exercise, it is possible to fall off the fitness bandwagon.

    In just a few months, I went from being over-zealous about eating "clean", to drowning in cookies and crisps in one of my many late-night binges.

    Suddenly, it was "okay" to eat an entire pizza, or have two burgers at one go, before washing them down with a cocktail (or five).

    Worse, I have been skimping on my workouts. It didn't help that I was constantly tired from work.

    Suddenly, my face was dotted with pimples. I developed a sty in one eye, and had tongue ulcers.

    I was a flabby mess. Whatever happened to those defined abs I'd paraded so proudly just months ago?

    I am now in the process of weaning myself off chocolates, and limiting the number of cocktails.

    I haven't ballooned out of my clothes, but it does get frustrating when I think about how far I've come since my days as a fat kid.

    But as I fight my way back to Fitville, I also have to remember not to kill myself on occasions when I do give in to temptation.

    So what if I fall? For me, it is an opportunity to come back fitter, faster and stronger.

    And to anyone who might be too scared to even try to hop back onto the fitness bandwagon because you're afraid you would just fall off it again, don't be.

    Set your fear of failure aside, and do your best. You will be back on track in no time.

    The author is a certified personal trainer and an exercise enthusiast.