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When Goals Fall Flat...

Sunday, June 09, 2013

It happens to all of us. How many times have you had a certain goal "set" that ends up having to be changed? Whether it is in weight loss, running, financial/personal goals, it happens to all of us. There's a quote out there somewhere that says "It's not what happens to you, it's how you react that matters." Lately I've really understood the meaning of what this quote is saying.

I've been through some set backs and disappointments over the last month or so. I'm proud to say I handled them much better than I would have in the past, but there is still room for improvement. I am glad to say I did not emotionally eat my way through the issues, rather I took to the roads and pounded them out. Not something my old habits would have looked towards to help me feel better. You really can bring on new habits to replace the old ones. At times I was feeling some pulls towards my old ways of dealing with problems, but was so thankful to find how strong I've become in my new ones.'s such a wonderful thing :)

When the "set" goals fall flat, what do you do? I, personally, after working through whatever I am feeling about them, just set new ones like we all do after we are done working through the disappointment. It can even be fun if you let it. For me I have fun in the creation of what I would like to achieve in my near future. I look to running to help with this by establishing possible PR times in races, new races to run, new places to visit, new ways of living life.

Once again I am going to work towards a half marathon. My love was unable to make it home for a visit this month, so we have wrapped his visit and my half marathon into a 3 week visit in November. I'm hoping to run the Rock n Roll half in Las Vegas and for the first time have my love be there to see me do it. How sweet it will be to run my first half with him sending me on my way with an actual kiss and hug. To date, he has never been able to do this in any races.

So keep in mind, when one goal falls flat it leaves you with the potential of creating an even bigger and better goal for yourself. When it happens, count your losses, mourn them in as healthy a way as possible and then dream on.
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    Awwww, this is so great. I'm already excited for your half!
    1686 days ago
    Amazing perspective.
    So excited for your 1/2 - receiving that send off will give you such a reservoir of strength when the run gets tough!
    1686 days ago
  • KATRINA023
    I thoroughly enjoyed your blog as it is a reminder that small is good. I read with interest the part where you have been able to see the progress you have made when dealing with disappointments. I'm starting to notice the small shifts in my self-talk which has helped me a couple of times to reflect on why I wanted to "treat" myself with food following a disappointment.

    Thanks for the inspiration.
    1686 days ago
    A positive attitude is key. Good job on rolling with the punches. emoticon
    1686 days ago
  • DLITE719
    Thanks. I fell flat while on vacation but will reset in 2 days when I get home.
    1686 days ago
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