Happy Monday peeps! I hope this finds you all doing well.

This was a tough week for me. I went into the dentist to get emergency dental work and found out that I need 2 root canals. Yes, you read that right. TWO. I brush twice a day, but apparently that isn’t enough for my soft teeth.

What really makes this an issue is my TMJ. I basically cannot hold my mouth open in order for dentists to do any work. I’m writing this post 3 days later and I am still taking ibuprofin around the clock to help take the edge off the pain and discomfort.

This means that in order to work on my teeth, they are going to have to completely sedate me. Not. Fun.

I am seeing a specialist this week and can hopefully wait this out until spring break.

To make matters worse, I had a cheat meal and a cheat day. I don’t really know what caused it. The cheat meal I do, because let’s be honest, I think people should give in once in a while and the meal came on the same day that I had the dentist appointment, so I missed two meals.

The problem was Sunday. I ate a lot of things I shouldn’t have. What bothered me most was that it was so easy to just slip back into old habits. We were out on a day trip and I planned ahead, but still made bad choices. To make myself feel less guilty, I made sure to do a shred workout once we got home and I didn’t eat dinner.

We are coming into my toughest time of year, so it will be even more inportant for me to rely on my support system. April 21 marks the 4th anniversary of my mom’s passing. Today we went to the land that she and my Dad purchased. That was tough.

My plan is to start Couch to 5k and then do Shred on the off days. My nutrition (with the exception of this past weekend) has dramatically improved, so I need to get more cardio in. And I’ve always wanted to be able to run more than 100 feet without hacking up a lung, so we’ll see how this goes.

How about you – how are you progressing towards your goals? How do you get back on the wagon, so to speak, when you stray? Leave it in the comments! :)

Who's that Spartan doing tai chi? It's me! It's me!

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5 Responses to Mamavation Monday – I fell off the wagon and kicked it over

  1. Casey says:

    Enjoy the couch to 5k! I've tried it a couple times and gotten to the 2-2.5 mile mark. It actually makes me like running. I hope it does the same for you. Best wishes!

  2. kroets says:

    2 Root Canals? Oh you poor thing! Hopefully they can do something to help you. Now, remember, just because you had an off week doesn't mean that you have to have an off month. Jump right back in! You can do this!

  3. @notimeMom says:

    I hate to say it, I would rather have the root canal than a cavity filled. It seems more painful for me. But, I don't have the same jaw issues. I hope it passes soon!

    How do I get back on the wagon? Forgive myself for the misstep, dust off and start again. Usually I try to make a detailed plan for exercise and nutrition. It helps me to not think about the changes. I wish you the best. You declared your comeback, now own it! Cheers!

  4. smallworldbiggirl says:

    For real. Why is making new habits so hard, but going right back to the old ones is so dang easy?! I'm totally with you on that one. You may have kicked the wagon over, but you can still get back on. An off day is just one day.
    Ugh! Two root canals? Sending good vibes your way for when they happen!
    Have a great week.

  5. bodhibear says:

    That is sucky with the teeth and needing to be sedated. Sorry you are dealing with that and a painful anniversary. I let myself slide for a little bit if I am spiraling then I set a pre-determined threshold and regiment my way out of it. If it is really bad I regiment toothbrush time, snacks, water breaks, etc. on notecards the night before and stick to it if I am in a bad funk.

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