Derail: to cause to run off the rails
When you think about it, derail is just a shorter word for self sabotage. And just like a train derailment, often we never see it coming.
Or do we?
Derail our running efforts
There is such a fine line between training hard and overtraining. If we listen to and respect our bodies, often we can make adjustments before we derail our efforts by blindly following a plan.
It’s so easy to cross the line, though, and sometimes, no matter how much attention we pay, we do cross over without even realizing it. I have had more than one injury that literally wasn’t there one day, but was the next.
A few signs you might be overtraining:
- You begin to dread your workouts instead of looking forward to them
- You feel exhausted, even after an easy effort, even with a good night’s sleep
- Your resting heart rate is elevated (read this article for more information on RHR)
- Feeling run down in general or getting sick more often
- Struggling with paces that used to feel easy
Don’t let overtraining derail your goals!
We should not be waiting until trains derail, bridges collapse and people die to adequately fund our infrastructure.
Derail our healthy eating
The short days of winter and the lack of sunshine can help derail our resolutions very quickly. Is it just me, or does it seem foolish to make resolutions to eat “healthier” on New Year’s — just when winter days have us craving carbs and it seems our bodies are just primed to hold onto all the fat it can?
One of the most important things you need to hold onto when it comes to a healthy lifestyle is your why. Why do you want to lead a healthy lifestyle? It probably seems so obvious to you on January 1st — to get healthier, to get back to a certain size, to get off medications, to feel better about yourself — there are many reasons to want to eat healthy.
If you don’t have the right why, your efforts are bound to be derailed at some point — most likely sooner rather than later. If you find yourself struggling, it’s time to delve deeper into the reasons you are eating the way you do.
When your why aligns with your actions, everything becomes easier and it’s harder to be derailed from your objectives.
Tell me in the comments:
In what areas of your life to you find yourself easily derailed?
Have you had success avoiding a derailment in life?
Do you know your why — and if you do, what is it?