Have you ever been chased by a bear? No? Me neither. But I came close!
Well, not really. Actually, we were having late night supper and snacks while camping when we heard firecrackers and car horns going off in proximity too close for comfort. That meant that a bear was making his rounds around the camp sites, looking for food.
Fear. All consuming fear gripped my insides and my mind. I kept eating and putting on a brave face for the kids, but inside I was terrified. I caught myself still trying to focus on eating slowly, but quickly gave up on that because there was just no way. The panic was bigger than any nutrition coaching program, lol.
I am NOT a big fan of bears in the camping country, even though I fully understand that that’s where they live and there may be an encounter. That knowledge doesn’t help, because fear is not rational. Because I kept imagining actually seeing the bear or running into it on my way to the bathroom, as far as my brain was concerned, I was being chased by the bear.
Why am I telling you this story? To illustrate that sometimes things will happen and they will interfere with your best intentions and you will not be able to eat slowly or do something else you were planning to do. And that’s OK. You come back to it the next day.
After the evening with the bears was over, I went to bed, slept like a baby, woke up and ate my breakfast slowly.
There will always be challenges
My challenges with the program did not stop at the camping trip. The next day my vacation was over and had to I return to work. I also returned to the reality of having to wake up early, get ready, and get myself out the door in a decent amount of time. Once again the pressure to finish breakfast quickly became very real. I can’t say that I ate all my breakfasts slowly, but I did three out of five and that’s better than what I do normally.
I’ve done one workout this week, as opposed to 5 last week, and I’m going to need to be able to move on from this as well. This is not a failure. I can come back to it at any time. Starting tomorrow.
Getting to the gym regularly has always been one of my major challenges and it’s no different this time. It just means I will need to pay that much more attention to how I can make time in my day for a workout instead of dwelling on how many workouts I’ve already missed.
Keeping your mind on your goals
“That which you manifest is before you.” – Garth Stein, The Art of Racing in the Rain
This my favourite quote from one of my favourite books of all times “The Art of Racing in the Rain”, by Garth Stein. What the quote means in the context of this post is that your body will follow where your eyes are looking. Your actions will support the thoughts you are focusing on. If you continue focusing on how you have been missing workouts, guess what, you will continuously keep missing workouts. But if you keep your eye on the prize and focus all your efforts on getting to the next workout, you will get there. Your feet will walk in the direction your eyes are looking.
Just like my body was physically reacting to my thoughts of the bear being close (even though the bear never showed up), my body feels weak and my mind unmotivated when I think of all the things I’ve already done wrong on this program.
This simply won’t do.
One foot in front of the other.
There is no bear. There is no need to panic. I’m not a failure and there is no need to give up. All there is ahead of me are forty nine more weeks and plenty of opportunity to do things better. One day at a time.
As I write this post, my gym bag is packed and is sitting by the door so I can trip over it on the way out. That way I won’t “forget” it at home and I will have one less excuse not to go to the gym tomorrow. Planning for success, one small step at a time.
What are some of your challenges when it comes to self care? How do you work around them? Leave a comment bellow and remember to subscribe to get weekly updates!