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Wednesday, February 06, 2013

Today is day 40 of my current streak! (Previous streaks; 290 days and 13 days.)

I've been dealing with back pain for a few days and because of that I have not been able to do my regular workouts. Its been very frustrating. I WANT to workout, but I know I have to take it easy right now. I just hate the delay! I am on track and I know where I want to go, and I resent this roadblock that is in my way.

Last September, I wrote a blog called "No Detours." I have to admit, it was a little naive of me! But you know what? I'm a work in progress, and I'm learning as I go along. Now I know that there WILL be detours on my journey, and I need to expect delays.

There are things that I can control. There are detours that I CAN steer clear of. But sometimes, there are detours and delays that you just can't avoid. But that doesn't mean giving up and going back in the wrong direction! It just means that you have to take a new approach, and keep going to the best of your ability.

I've had plenty of detours since I started my journey last March, and now I know that I need to expect them to happen from time to time. I don't like it when it happens, but its not going to make me give up.

Its great when everything is going right and I am moving in the right direction. But things happen along the way. There have been many times since last March when I have had to take a detour. I hurt my knee last summer and was unable to do my DDP Yoga workouts. I dealt with it by staying on track with my eating, and doing chair exercises until my knee healed up.

Also last summer, we were hit with a huge storm called a derecho, which left us without electricity for a week, with temperatures near 100 degrees. That was a detour, and I dealt with it by working out at 4 in the morning when it was cooler! We have a small generator so I had a fan blowing on me while I worked out, but it was still a challenge.

I've had to deal with family emergencies, a bout of the flu, insomnia, stress, and all sorts of things along the way...but I never used those detours as an excuse to give up. They may have slowed me down, but they never stopped me.

So for now, my detour is dealing with back pain. Its frustrating, but I will not let it defeat me. I'm still heading in the direction of my goals. I'm just taking a brief detour, and thats ok.

My theme for the month is to be my own Valentine, and I am going to love myself enough to keep on going!

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    Back pain, I know it well. I went to the Dr. on Monday. No exercise until I have an MRI I can go to the pool and walk the length. That will be my exercise until we know the status of my back. My feet have gone numb so something has changed. Yes frustrating but she a bump in the road.
    1688 days ago
    I believe what distinguishes winning from losing is the knowledge and ability to persevere in the face of adversity. You, my friend, have learned how to do that, so you are a winner!


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    1688 days ago
    I am going to have to remind myself of this one because I get so stressed over the detours. But waiting it out sure does beat giving in. Sorry you are experiencing back problems. And dont forget to listen to your body when you are feeling pain. Great post. Have a wonderful Wednesday.
    1688 days ago
  • PHOENIX1949
    EXACTLY what I needed to read today! Battling 'crud' 'croup' for a few weeks that has resulted in a cutback of physical activity and today's weight ticker crept up for the third Wednesday in a row. However, your Blog reminded me that the 25 pound loss that is still there counts. Thanks!
    1688 days ago
    Love the blog. I believe reaching are goals are done in baby steps with falls here and there but like a baby we get up and keep trying till finally we reach our goal. emoticon emoticon
    1688 days ago
    Love all the pictures and quotes!! Another great inspirational blog...thanks for sharing your wisdom and experience.
    1688 days ago
  • LYNAND62
    You are such an inspiration!! I love how you are keeping on even though the delays. It's hard but it takes discipline and strong will to beat those old bad habits and you've come so far that there's seriously no turning back. I really like the graphic that shows what success looks like! It's so true!
    1688 days ago
    No matter how many detours, bumps in the road or delays we may encounter, we will not quit! emoticon
    1688 days ago
  • SUGAR0814
    1688 days ago
    Great blog and wonderful pictures/quotes!!

    I love that you are not letting your back pain derail you and all the hard work that you have put into your journey so far.

    I'm praying that you feel better soon.

    Big Hugs,

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    1688 days ago
    Okay.... I won't let my back pain stop me either. Right now it is the eating getting out of hand easily again and not following through with what I say I will do.
    Opps Allie wants a walk best get moving. lol
    HUGS you are doing awesome hope your baack gets better soon.
    1688 days ago
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