I recently saw a post from a wonderful lady we’ll call Ann. (This is not her real name, so you can insert any name you prefer to use here. Maybe yours?)
She was extremely angry with herself for getting stuck OUT of her normal exercise routine—for two months.
As I followed this post along, others kept jumping in with similar feelings. Angry, mad, hating oneself–you get the idea. Falling out of a routine that helps us feel good mentally, physically, and emotionally, is the pits. It’s REALLY hard to get back in the groove.
My word of the day: GRACE. Give yourself grace for being human. Give yourself grace for messing up. Give yourself grace because someone else could use some too.
We are SO good at beating ourselves up for messing up. I do believe we are better at forgiving others than we are at forgiving ourselves.
If you can relate, understand that we are all in this camp at one time or another. We are on a great roll (not the kind you eat) with eating nutritional food, moving, getting plenty of sleep, and then—BAM! Real life hits and we lose it.
In times such as these, give yourself the grace to do the next right thing. Maybe that means lacing up your favorite snappy sneakers and walking around the block for 5 minutes.
Or maybe you make a tossed salad for lunch and add one other vegetable into the mix.
Or maybe you eat one cookie instead of 10.
The alternative: keep mentally beating yourself up.
You choose. You decide how you’d like to live your life today. Yes, you may mess up again tomorrow, or you may add another 5 minutes to your walk.
Do the next right thing. Trust me on this. You’ll feel happier, snappier, and more alive. And while you’re at it, encourage your friends to do the same. Sharing grace makes the world a happier place.
Stuck and can’t decide the next right thing? I’ll help you sort it out. Send me an email, as that is the next right thing.
“Laughter is the key that grace has arrived.”– Anne Lamott (one of my favorite authors who admits to messing up sometimes)