Friday, May 18, 2012


Chocolate dream pie is a setback.
Dinner at Chuck A Rama for a family birthday after lunch at McDonald’s is a setback.
Colds and other sicknesses are setbacks.
Vacations are setbacks.
Setbacks keep us from exercising. Yes, there are a million reasons NOT to work out. Some would say, and even I would say, that you just need to stop making excuses and get the work done.
But still, things frequently happen that cause us to fall behind on our workout schedule or eating habits. (I hate to say diet)
Some people will tell you that if you fall out of the habit of working out, you’ll never go back.
That’s true if working out is a punishment.  But if working out is a pleasure and a reward, then you’ll be glad to be back at it when your setback is out of the way.
What do you do about setbacks? Determine to get back to your workout as soon as possible? That’s fine.
It’s important to develop exercise or other activity habits that are life changing. Exercise and physical activity should be rewarding. It’s that reward that will keep you coming back, and keep you active.
Setbacks are going to happen. You’ll go on vacation, you’ll get sick, you’ll over indulge when eating the things you love.
How do you go about regaining your workout? Will you need to lift lighter weights for a time, or do fewer reps? Maybe.
But learn to think of yourself first as a runner, or a weight lifter, or a biker, or whatever it is that you’re doing. It’s not something that can be given up. It’s what you do, it’s who you are.