I know, I know, the saying is “Rome wasn’t built in a day” but it wasn’t torn down in a day either! This is the struggle that many of us go through when we achieve something and then hit a speed bump in our plan. I’m currently in one of those “dips”.
When I was “Young and Unfit”, my back decided that it would go out on me. To this day, nearly 30 years later, I don’t know what the source of this back issue is but it’s something that’s stayed with me. Now, this is not one of your normal, average, everyday back issues. This is the most weirdly intermittent back issues you’re ever going to see. I can have an issue today, let it heal and not have another issue for 2, 3, 6 years. Or, it could happen again in 3 months. It’s clearly not a chronic issue and I’ve never actually gone to a doctor to have it properly evaluated.
My back issues, however, are not the point of this blog. What IS the point is that I’ve not been able to go to the gym for three days! And, like I’m 100% sure many of you would think, my first thought has been “I’m going to lose all my gains!”.
So, let me get this straight. I lost nearly 70 pounds, got in the best shape of my life and made an entire life change….yesterday? Nope. I did that over a period of a little over a year. I did that by consistent hard work and consistent “life maintenance”.
And three days is NOT going to destroy that. Today, I will go back to the gym. I will do what my normal Sunday workout is and I will continue moving forward like these three days never happened. One bump in the road DOES NOT mean that it’s time to give up!!
The reality of it is if you’ve missed some time at the gym because of an injury or you’ve eaten something you shouldn’t have because of a weak moment, that doesn’t mean you’re done. It doesn’t mean that you’ve failed. What it means is that you’re human. As y’all know, I was SUPPOSED to quit smoking as of yesterday. I did not. Am I done trying? HELL NO! I haven’t lost my drive or desire to quit. I’ve just reset my expectations and I am continuing forward in my attempt. Just like today, when I return to the gym, I will be continuing forward.
It has been said that “Our mistakes are the only things we truly own”. That is 100% and unequivocally true. So, we own our mistakes. We can do with them what we want. What I’m going to do with mine and what I want everyone who reads this to do with theirs is to recognize the mistake, acknowledge that we’ve made it, crumple it up into a little ball and toss it in the trash. Act as though it never happened. When you look back on your journey to a fit and healthy lifestyle, you’ll see these mistakes as little tiny broken pieces of pavement on your road. Be strong and carry on.
Until Next Time, Faithful Readers – Stay between the lines