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Get Back on Track!
Sometimes falling out of a routine isn’t your fault. Sometimes it is. Either way all hope is not lost.
Sometimes when you’re doing all the right things, you’re in a routine and sticking with your good habits; some uncontrollable circumstance knocks you off track and threatens to derail all your progress.
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You’re eating healthy, exercising regularly, saving money, reading more, and then…
You or one of your family members get sick, there’s a family emergency, you suffer an injury, or you have to spend money on a car or house catastrophe—or any unforeseen disasters, and tending to these issues matter. It’s irresponsible to ignore them to stick to your routine. But the hard part is getting back on track. However, it’s not impossible.
Our schools were shut down this past week because of an ice storm. Since I’ve taken over our head girls track and field position, every year there’s been a setback to our training regiment: Covid (2020); Covid restrictions and statewide snowstorm-related power outages (2021); Snowstorm (2022); Weeklong ice storm (2023).
By this point, we expect hindrances to our training progression, but getting out of a routine so early in the season still takes some readjustment. One thing we don’t do, however, is try to “make up” lost time. All we can do is take full advantage of the time we have presented to us and squeeze every ounce of opportunity out of those moments as possible.
When we experience setbacks—whether due to a lack of discipline or unintended consequences—the worst thing we can do is throw up our hands, throw in the towel, and act as if all is lost. All is not lost. We still have the opportunity of today in front of us.
So how do you get back on track if you’ve fallen out of a routine? You take one step in the positive direction at a time; Because, remember, it’s about developing a lifestyle more than attaining a goal. Goals allow you to walk away from all the positive changes you make. Lifestyle changes are about becoming whole.