Is it a failure if you pick yourself up and try again?
Today I was supposed to write a post about all the amazing things I had done this weekend. I was to visit the gym, go grocery shopping, pre make meals for the week and read the first chapters of The Moolala Guide to Rockin’ Your RRSP. Guess what, I did none of those things. When Saturday morning came upon me all I wanted to do was lay on the couch and watch Netflix, and that’s exactly what I did. I know it’s 30 Days To A Better Me but I need to hit the pause button. So I did.
There are lots of reasons why I need a pause, I’ve just come back from a whirlwind trip to Detroit, worked out 3 times, did 3 TV appearances and 1 radio guest spot, plus I attended a launch event. All of this took place in just 6 days. I think you’ll agree it’s a lot. On top of all of that though I think the main reason I didn’t accomplish what I had set out to for the weekend was because I wasn’t ready and my body knew it. I’m ready for the results, trust me but I’m not ready to go from zero to hero in under 5 minutes.
So I’m giving myself permission to fail and I’m totally okay with it. I may not have accomplished all the goals I had set out for myself but I did accomplish a few things this week. I attended a launch event and only had one bite of the food offered, I showed up and gave my best at 3 workouts, I had 4 major media appearance and most importantly I rested. On the 21 Day Fat Flush nutrition plan that I’m starting tomorrow one of the objectives is to get 8 hours of sleep for at least 3 nights a week. Well I can promise you I haven’t had that in the past week so I was overdue.
On Sunday I went to Gibsons on the Sunshine Coast to reconnect with friends that I hadn’t seen in ages. We were gathered for a luncheon to celebrate the 10 year anniversary of us meeting. It was an amazing day. Good food (I ate enough to not be rude but a much smaller portion than I would have in the past), great conversation and a Ferry ride filled with blue skies and sunshine. It was a perfect day but why was my internal dialogue all about how I had failed to accomplish my goals for the weekend? It’s because the devil on my shoulder was trying to sabotage me. So what if I took one weekend off, I was exhausted.
Lucky for me I have an angel on my other shoulder and when I got back to my condo I heard the angels voice applauding my first week and encouraging me to soak up the rest I was getting on the weekend and tackle the week fresh and strong on Monday. So that is what I am doing. I’m not exactly at 100% since I have a lingering cold and a sniffle but generally speaking I feel refreshed. What’s on my agenda for today? A work out with Steven Schelling at noon, followed by grocery shopping and to cap off the afternoon a walking meeting with Erin Shaw. I call that a successful day.
What have I learned about myself this past weekend? I’ve learned that I’m only failing if I give in to believing I’ve failed and that my body knows more about what it needs than I do. I’m learning that loving yourself isn’t all spa treatments and bon bons, it’s accepting that you are not perfect and that you can’t do everything exactly the way you want to but that you can do it if you give yourself permission to keep trying. I may not like that I’ve gained weight over the past 6 months but I love Myself and I’m worth it to keep trying until I achieve my goals. If that days me 30 days or 365 days it doesn’t matter, what matters is that I’m trying and not giving up.
I might take the occasional weekend off now and then though.
The other devil in the room with me aside from my health and fitness is my financial fitness. Today I start reading the first few chapters of The Moolala Guide to Rockin’ Your RRSP by Bruce Sellery. The first section is all about laying the foundation. It sounds like a reasonable place to start to me. If you want to follow along with me you still have a couple of days left to enter my contest giveaway to win a copy of the book as well.