leah headshotIt’s frustrating when you have been doing well eating healthy, exercising, and losing weight and you suddenly realize you are no longer on track.  How did this happen?  It’s like you are going down the road and you took a wrong turn.  You don’t remember turning off the road you were on, but suddenly you are lost.  This same thing can happen when you are exercising on a regular basis and you realize you have missed several days in a row.  Many things can cause this.  You get really busy in your life and don’t have time to exercise or you get bored with your routine or maybe you get sick or injured and have to take time to recover.  Next thing you know it’s been 1 week, 2 weeks, or a month without exercise.

This happened to me recently.  After we got back from vacation I had so much to catch up on and I was really busy at work.  I went three weeks in a row without exercising and it showed.  I gained a couple of pounds.  I felt out of shape, tired and short of breath after doing moderate activities.  Then, I knew I needed to get back to exercising, but it was hard to get motivated.  When you haven’t been exercising, it’s hard to find energy to start again.

Sometimes setbacks help us learn and grow and help us improve.  When we get off track it can be a wakeup call and may motivate us to work harder.  Failure also makes us stronger.  Michael Jordan was one of the best basketball players in the NBA and the reason he did so well is because he made many mistakes and it made him work harder to be the best.  The following quote by Michael Jordan says it all: “I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career.  I’ve lost almost 300 games. Twenty six times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed.  I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life.  And that is why I succeed.”

The important thing is to keep trying and learn from your mistakes.  Never give up.

“It’s not whether you get knocked down; it’s whether you get up.”  Vince Lombardi

No matter how many times you get off track and stop exercising, you can get back on track.  Commit to doing just 10 minutes of exercise per day.  Even if it’s just a 10 minute walk.  Everyone can fit in 10 minutes and once you start on a regular basis it will become a habit.  You will start to have more energy and soon you’ll start exercising for longer periods of time.  You will work your way up to 30 minutes per day and you’ll start feeling better.

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