So, three weeks ago I began a serious refocus on my personal health. Specifically, regarding my obsession with food. Then, I spent a week in Nashville for my son’s graduation followed by 4 additional days serving at a Summer Camp for elementary kids. Let’s just say that those two environments don’t make it super easy to eat healthy and plan your meals ahead of time.
I ate the best I could for the most part. I also indulged a little, but feel like I did pretty good. I was able to refrain from most carbs and sugar, and DID honor my rule of not eating after 7pm.
During those 2 weeks, however, I completely stopped my daily push-up challenge.
In the past, I would have felt like I have failed for two solid weeks and thought, “What’s the sense in picking this back up? Why even try?” And I would have returned to the former eating habits immediately.
Not this time!
Here’s what I did when I returned home….
Forgave myself | This is a huge first step. I need to be able to give myself grace in the low moments in order to excel into new higher moments. Otherwise, I’ll continue beating myself up over the past failures and crippling future potential successes.
Reviewed my original plan | I looked back to 3 weeks ago. I looked at how I was able to lose 7.5 lbs in my first week. That motivation gave me the ‘can do’ attitude to pick up right where I left off. No worries…no regrets…and only looking forward.
Determined to start again | Like Nike says, ‘Just Do It.’ Start somewhere, ANYWHERE. And I did. I began today with a goal of getting 30 push-ups done. You know what? I did 60! I was also public (once again) online and with my family about my goals. Putting my goals out there creates powerful accountability for me.
Now, I’m writing this just two days after restarting. I’m hoping and praying that a week from now I’ll be able to tell you I’ve been able to #WinToday successfully each day with my goals. And honestly, I’d invite you to ask me exactly that.
How do you bounce back from a day or more of slipping away from your goals? Or maybe a better question is what do you need to do that you are not doing to get back on course?
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