Getting back on track with goals

Getting Back on Track with Goals

by Sara on February 20, 2017

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It’s mid February, which means if you set a health or fitness goal at the beginning of the year you’re probably doing a little self check in right about now.  And you realize you’re either kicking ass or realizing your fell off the boat a little bit.  So I’m going to get really honest right about now and just say, I not only fell off the boat I plunged down to the bottom of the water.  And didn’t even try to get back out.

I assume that my year started much like everyone else, with the best intentions to make a change.  I used to be the person to make a workout plan first and arrange the rest of my life around it.  Fitness has always been the one thing that made me feel good about myself.  It made me feel strong and bad ass and even if it was just 45 minutes it made me feel that I could accomplish anything.

Lately though, I have been terrible at making a plan.  Terrible in that I haven’t even tried.  Why?  Because the last time I did and got really excited about a non work related goal it blew up in my face.  So I pretty much gave up.  Every Sunday I would sit down and look at the schedule for classes and couldn’t commit to anything because what if a work deadline came up.  I signed up for classes and then the night before would cancel.  Instead of going to the gym after work I just wanted to

I wish I could sit here and tell you I have finally learned the secret to balancing work and personal life.  I haven’t.  I have learned a few things though.

You have to keep going even when you don’t want to
Yesterday I woke up feeling really sorry for myself.  I moped and whined about how I had given up so much of my life for my job which hasn’t been satisfying me lately.  I had given up running because my body just wasn’t having it anymore.  I had given up on blogging for the most part because I wasn’t feeling motivated or creative enough to write.  And the more I sulked the worse I felt.  So I decided to stop feeling pathetic and just go to the gym.  You’re not going to feel better about ANYTHING by sitting around and feeling bad.  I didn’t really want to do anything but I sure felt better once I took the first step.

Just do SOMETHING
Stop worrying about the past three weeks or two months or however many days its been.  Stop worrying about it needing to be the best or most fun, because it probably won’t be either.  You just have to get up off the couch and do SOMETHING.  Just get moving.

It isn’t ever going to be perfect.
I’m starting to think that life hands you disappointments to remind you to stop putting all your eggs in one basket and get better at moderation.  When I ditch my daily sweat sesh to work hard on a work project that doesn’t turn out the way I want I’m reminded not to give up on my outside of work life.  When I lose focus at work to focus on a PR that doesn’t go as planned I’m reminded that my career is important too.  It’s a constant juggling act and I’m so passionate it’s so easy for me to dive head first into something and give it my all.  Sometimes you’re going to get derailed and that’s ok.  As long as you don’t let it discourage you and keep on going.

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