Often times we go through life and we have a well laid out plan. We know what it takes to get from point A to point B and what the potential outcome will be. We have goals and dreams wrapped up with what we want to do and how we plan to get there. We have thought long and hard about our goals and we can almost taste the end result. It’s so close that it’s next to reality. We think that we have got it under control and then we hit a road block or a setback. Like the commercial says, “life comes at you fast,” but a lot of times we just don’t see it coming.
Just recently, I heard Rob Keeling, the VP of our Diversity group at work, speak. One of the things that he said that really stood out to me was: “Setbacks are just detours.” Huh? What? We often see detours as the end of the road, the buck stops there; there is no recovery – but not so. Even the very best plan has room for error or change.
You may have automated your meals. You are hitting the gym at 6 am each morning before the family rises while still getting home in enough time to shower. You dress and feed the kids, get them off to school and kiss your hubbie goodbye all before you head out the door to start your day.
This has been working for you and you are on target with your weight loss goals but then something happened and your husband now has to be out the door 6 am. Wait, wasn’t that your gym time? Wasn’t that the time dedicated just for you? You didn’t have to depend on anyone to watch the kids because they were still sleeping. You think about this situation and you go into “woe is me” mode, but hey, let’s look at it in a different light –this doesn’t have to be a setback. This setback is just a detour.
We already know that time is not your friend and you just don’t know how you will be able to do everything you want. In times like these, be creative. Check out other ways to get in those 10,000 steps. If you can’t make it to the gym at 6 am, there are other things that you can do to get to the desired outcome. You may find out that you like something else that is offered at the gym later in the day better than what you are currently doing. You may find that you can incorporate the kids in a new activity making it a win-win for the entire family. Hey, you may just have to come to the realization that working out the way that you are accustomed to just isn’t going to work for you at this moment, so you pull yourself up by your bootstraps and take the detour.
Often times you will find that detours are not always the quickest route, but in the end you come to the same desired result. In today’s time we want the direct route, non-stop flight or the express train, but what I would like to suggest is that you stop and take time to smell the roses, watch the view and enjoy life. Yes, detours seem to pop up at the most inopportune time, but hey, let’s look at it in a different way. Eating healthy and working out should be a lifestyle which makes this a journey. So take the detour and make the best of it because YOU are worth it.
Happy stepping everyone! I would love to hear from you so email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.