Sometimes detours happen.
On February 17, I took a before photo of myself as the beginning of my mission to lose 10 pounds. Fast forward 15 days later and I haven't made much progress at all.
I hit a detour. That doesn't mean an excuse. I fully own that I haven't made progress.
However, there was a pretty great reason for my lack of progress. I landed a new job! After a whirlwind of two weeks, I had a preliminary interview, a second interview, a job offer, accepted said job offer, and then wrote a resignation letter to take effect at the end of the school year.
And for those who are curious about the job, I will be a high school counselor at Omaha Burke High School. While I have enjoyed the littles for the last seven years as an elementary school counselor, it was always my intent to work with high school students when the opportunity presented itself. This is it, and I'm so excited for this next adventure!
But I digress.
What happened was a detour. I focused on the job process and neglected my goal of losing weight by eating more nutritionally and working out on a regular basis. While I know I should have and could have been working on both, I didn't, and I own that.
When you have a detour, here is the first step: OWN IT. Don't make excuses, don't place blame elsewhere, and don't beat yourself up over it. Pull yourself up by your boot straps, put on your big girl/boy pants, and restart.
Secondly, figure out what went wrong during the detour. Why did you get completely derailed? Was your plan not firmly in place? Is your reasoning clear for the goal you have set?
With me, I had a clear workout plan but not a strong nutritional plan. However, on the days I didn't make it to the gym, I didn't have an alternative home workout prepared. Instead, I skipped it altogether. So, the workouts dropped by the wayside. And, because I didn't have a strong nutritional plan to begin with, it was doomed from the beginning, even without the detour.
Once you have the first two steps figured out, it then becomes a matter of setting a concrete plan with small incentives along the way to motivate yourself. For example, each day my goal is to drink six to eight glasses of water, get in a 20-30 minute workout minimum, and eat at least 4-5 fruits/veggies. Each day that happens, I will reward myself with a piece of dark chocolate.
The final step is execution. Once the plan is in place, then the action must happen. In terms of working out, I have placed a schedule where I can see it daily. I have a new fitbook where I will track my workouts and nutrition each day. I can also reflect on the day and make adjustments as I go.
Hitting detours is inevitable. We have the best intentions, but sometimes things happen and that's okay. Just reflect on why it happened, course correct, and keep moving!
I'm a lover of life, an eternal optimist, and I have an intense desire to add value through simple living and positive vibes.