Get Back On Track After Life Derails Your Efforts

Research suggests that it takes a minimum of 21 days to form a habit, although, for stubborn people like me, it takes a lot longer.

A couple of years ago, I started a journey in getting healthy, something I should have started 20 plus years ago.

But better late than never, I thought, and I joined an online group that consisted of daily nutrition and work-out videos sent directly to my email.

I loved the program and the information it provided me, and I signed up for their 21-day challenge. I was committed and noticed a change in my body within the first week.

I was excited.

I found a form of exercise that I enjoyed doing and  after a few weeks I discovered my body was capable of doing things I never thought it could at 50 years of age.

After the challenge had ended, I signed up for the next one and the one after that and in between the challenges I redid the previous challenge workouts until the next one started.

I never felt better physically.

But then one morning I missed a workout.

I don’t remember what caused it. It really doesn’t matter; I could have picked up where I left off the next day.

But I didn’t.

One day turned into two, two turned into four, and before I knew it, I had fallen completely off track and changed the destination of my current course.

I became comfortable which made it easy to feed my mind with excuses just as easily as I fed my body with junk.

When friends mentioned they needed to get in shape, I jokingly replied,

“I’m in shape…… round is a shape.”

The only problem was, I wasn’t laughing.

I was falling back into old patterns which led me back into a life of self-loathing. (Another post in the works).

Sometimes life derails us, but sometimes we derail ourselves. It’s important to remember, as long as there is breath in our body, it is never too late to get back on track.

Getting Back On Track

Last week, I started back with my exercise routine.

Lifting weights and cardio are part of my day once again.

I have a long way to go, but one thing I remind myself is it’s a shorter journey from when I first started two years ago.

Yes, there is muscle to rebuild and weight to lose, but I haven’t completely lost the muscle I built in the past, nor have I gained all the weight back.

Picking Up Where We Left Off

When we’ve been derailed, it doesn’t mean the progress we have made doesn’t count.

It doesn’t even mean we need to start completely over; we just need to get back on track and pick up where we left off.

It starts with taking a single step. One step forward is better than standing and staring down the tracks.

One step leads to another and another, and by stringing steps together, we gain momentum to continue the journey.

Whenever you find yourself off track, don’t give up or beat yourself up.

Remember self-compassion. The goal is to fall off track less often, recognize when you’re faltering and to get back on track more quickly.

We will discover a lot about ourselves as we chug along the railways, but as long as we keep moving, we will reach our destiny.

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