When I began this couch to 5k journey, there was an unspoken history of past attempts to get in better shape, lose weight, and lead a healthier lifestyle. Unspoken because obviously those attempts resulted in failure, otherwise I wouldn’t be where I am now.
But is it really failure?
Yes and no. In the sense that those attempts did not result in the ultimate goal, yes it was a failure. However, there were many lessons learned during those times and that has contributed to my shift in mindset that has me in a better place now.
A Long Road
As the picture above represents, the journey to where I am going is definitely a long road with plenty of detours and alternate paths along the way.
Putting myself into that picture, over the last week I have found that I stopped along that long road and was distracted by the happenings taking place down one of the many corridors leading away from my end goal.
There have been changes at work, helping family clean up after flooding, and of course the events surrounding the tragedy at the Boston Marathon.
Keep Your Eye On The Prize
There is no question that all of these things are mere excuses for the fact that I only exercised once this past week. However, there is one key difference between now and all of those other attempts to improve my lifestyle; those attempts that resulted in failure.
I’ve accepted that I don’t have to be perfect.
It sounds silly, but in the past when I would find myself straying from the path I had defined, I would mentally view that as a complete failure and throw up my arms in defeat. I would revert to all of my old habits – lounging on the couch, eating far too many snacks, and generally not doing much of anything.
“At least I gave it a try“, I would think.
Now, I have accepted that this long road I am traveling is going to have detours and there will be times that I don’t stick to the plan.
There will be times where I don’t exercise according to schedule.
There will be times where I eat things I shouldn’t eat.
And it is okay!
The important thing is to minimize these times, refocus myself, and keep my eye on the prize. It isn’t a failure. It is life. It is an opportunity to recognize the triggers that lead to these changes in the plan and learn how to adjust. It is a time to celebrate progress rather than dwell on setbacks.
Speaking of progress, despite the above mentioned stop on my journey, I still managed to lose one pound this past week and am progressing towards my first milestone!
There is light at the end of the tunnel!