Home Friday Fitness Check-in Re-Entry is HARD.

Re-Entry is HARD.

by Nellie

Happy Friday friends!!

Friday Fitness (1)

Let me just put this all out there in the first sentence–I fell off the “wagon” pretty hard the last few weeks. The motivation was simply not there to eat right or even exercise the way that I needed to. Assisting with the planning of the funeral, going through my son have surgery, actually experiencing the funeral then a few days later taking the kids to Disney World.

It’s been a heckuva 3 weeks.

I fell right into old habits because honestly I didn’t have the effort in me to do the extra work required with weight loss. We ordered food in, a lot. Especially on those days when my brain felt so foggy that executing a recipe seemed almost impossible. I was semi-conscious of my calorie intake but not all the way zoned in.

The restart

Re entry is hard. I had to figure out how to reel in my eating, my exercise and especially my mental state. I gained weight back–not sure how much, but I can feel I did. It’s super frustrating because I was doing so well for so long and this came and flipped me upside down.

I don’t blame myself for not eating right or ordering take out. I really don’t. I did whatever I had to do to keep me sane during a very insane, surreal time. I will simply need to work harder to get back on track.



Monday: I went back to RowHouseNYC and it was so great. Seems like every time I go to this class I get a little bit better and the class gets harder. 45 minutes of rowing is no easy business and for the last 10 minutes of class we have one minute intervals of all out rowing. I was working so hard that I was pretty sure I was going to puke at the end (happy I didn’t!).


Wednesday: I went on my first run in over two weeks. I ran three very sweaty miles on lead legs during my lunch break. This had been my first run since my 10 miler the day before my grandmother passed.


Thursday: Fit Factory — I tried a new class that my friend Lucy had been raving about and about halfway through I was pretty sure this was end of our friendship. It was SO hard! It was a mixture of cardio and strength training and there was a never a time when we did a move without a weight in our hands. You know I’ve been to a lot of classes but never one like this! I was NOT ready!!



On Saturday I have a 10k to run, this is my second time running the UAE 10k and honestly I know it won’t be easy. As tough as the hills are I DO love running in Central Park because it brings me peace. Spending the majority of my marathon training there last year, Central Park has become a small piece of me that has seen me at my worst and at my best.

Next week I will be running the AirBNB Brooklyn Half. It’s so hard to believe that it’s here…already. This training season, pretty much all of 2016…has been pretty bad. I am however looking forward to once again volunteering at the Pre-party at Brooklyn Bridge so look out for me if you are going!

How was your fitness and healthy eating week? What races do you have coming up? Ever get completely derailed from a healthy living journey?

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Allie May 13, 2016 - 5:48 am

I’m glad you are being so kind to yourself about “falling off the wagon.” It happens, especially during a time like you have been having, so I think it’s important to just acknowledge it and move right along…

Looks like you’re back into it and wow a half marathon coming right up!! Enjoy your re-entry as much as possible 🙂

Kris walters May 13, 2016 - 5:54 am

I’m sure you’ll do great Nellie! Life sometimes throws curve balls but the important thing is that you got back to it. Always remember YOU ROCK!

Janine HulDie May 13, 2016 - 6:14 am

Re-entry is definitely hard and have had my moments too with this,, but sounds like you did OK in the end and that is all that matters. That said wishing you a wonderful weekend now!! 😉

Britt May 13, 2016 - 7:26 am

Yep! Definitely. I hate that feeling when you come back after a ton of indulging or time off but once you get back into the groove, you really start to feel so much better. Great job getting back at it Nellie!

Kimberly G May 13, 2016 - 8:23 am

You’ve had a rough 3 weeks 🙁 So sorry for all that you are going through.
Hope to see you tomorrow or next Saturday at the Brooklyn Half

Ali May 13, 2016 - 2:36 pm

I feel your pain. After losing 50 pounds by eating clean and exercising daily. I totally fell off the wagon. A death, a health crisis for one of my children, lack of sleep and concentration contributed.

Like you, we did what we did (eating out, etc.) to get through.
Time to get back on the wagon. It is really hard to get the wheels turning though.

Good luck to you!

Nellie May 13, 2016 - 4:33 pm

we are in the exact same boat. Thought I was alone. Happy to make room. <3

Tamara May 13, 2016 - 3:59 pm

I’m with you. I think this was the first week since January, in which I didn’t exercise my required amount of times. Granted, I have until Sunday but I’ll be traveling this weekend..
ho hum.

amanda nicole May 17, 2016 - 10:03 am

Hey Nellie! Sorry for lost. Just recently went to JA to visit my old lady, its been 8 years since she’s been gone. Grandmother’s are special. I’ve been trying to get back into the gym, its been hard. Now I’ve been trying to get a mile in every morning to get me back into working out! Hoping I don’t fall off because I am loving it now!

Nellie May 17, 2016 - 2:12 pm

thank you <3 keep up the great work!!

Nicole May 19, 2016 - 12:15 pm

So true, it is so hard to get back on the wagon after falling off – especially if you’ve fallen off because you’re going through a rough time. When that happens to me, I just need to dive into it and suck it up for a bit, and then all of a sudden I feel better and am back in the groove. Good job with the workouts this week!

Nellie May 22, 2016 - 8:25 am

thanks so much Nicole!


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