too long; didn't read version: how do you motivate yourself to get back onto your plan after having a few off days?
So here's what happened: last Saturday I competed in my first triathlon, which I really enjoyed.
To better prepare for the race, I abandoned calorie deficits and tried to focus on weight maintenance just for the week leading up to it. That worked out fine; once the temporary water retention went away the scale said I was exactly where I started (166.6 lbs). Backsliding successfully avoided.
The day after the triathlon I got right back into a calorie deficit for two days (probably eating a little too low, in retrospect, but that's okay). Due to some problems at home I then crashed at my grandparents' house for two days, where it was very difficult to stay on-plan. I definitely did eat too much (possibly triggered by an accidental wheat exposure, negative emotions/boredom, and/or not eating quite enough the previous two days), but not so much that I'm truly concerned about it. What I am more concerned about is that I'm having trouble getting back into eating at a deficit right now. I really want to get back into it ASAP because I have major life events coming up in the next two weeks and I don't want my weight loss to be sent into a tailspin.
I think a major part of my unwillingness is that I can't exercise much at the moment. Exercise is nothing but good for me, and I generally enjoy doing it: it makes me feel good and suppresses my appetite. However, 2 days before the triathlon I took a nasty fall and injured my leg. (This meant that I had to walk most of the run portion of the triathlon, to my disappointment.
) Regretfully, I brushed it off for too long and didn't properly treat the wound, allowing part of it to become infected. Now I can't wear shoes (the infected part is by my foot/ankle) until it heals, not to mention that moving it too much is painful. Unfortunately this puts nearly all of my normal exercise out of the question for a while.
Anyone have any advice or experience to share about getting motivation to bounce back from an off-plan period, or losing weight with an injury/while unable to exercise much?