Getting Back on Track after a Setback

By Chrissy MacDonald

Have you ever had a setback in your plan to be healthy, fit and happy?

Maybe you vowed to cut back on drinking or to quit smoking or stop eating junk food. Maybe you started an exercise program as a New Year’s Resolution but it’s fallen by the wayside. Or maybe your dream of losing 10 pounds by Spring somehow fizzled.

We all want to be healthy and happy. It’s good to strive to be a kind and loving person who doesn’t gossip or waste precious time on useless activities.

We do our best but it’s too easy to fall back into old habits. But when we do, the important thing is to just get back on track.

Every day I plan to do these things: write, practice Yoga, walk the dog, read the Bible, meditate. I also try to be calm and content and positive and live in the present moment. Cleaning the house, making meals and getting groceries, stuff like that, is a given. They must be done. And with this little Vizsla puppy, I need to get outside for a walk to give her exercise. So that gets me outside too. As for the other things, I admit they don’t always get done every single day. But I try. And every day, I try again.

We falter, do things we regret and we omit important things from our lives. But when that happens, we need to forgive ourselves for making a mistake or giving up or not doing something we promised ourselves we’d do.

We need to love ourselves and carry on. Sometimes that’s all it takes.

If you make a mistake, if exercising gets sidetracked or you smoke that first cigarette after going weeks without, remember it doesn’t have to be all or nothing. Re-focus. Pick yourself up and continue on your journey.

Have a beautiful day!

“We have two lives—the one we learn with and the life we live after that.”
Bernard Malamud