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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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