Life just seems to have a way of throwing things out of balance, doesn’t it? We make plans for one thing, then something happens, and we have to change our plans. We make goals for ourselves, and then life happens, and our goals have to change. Just like that, our worlds are turned up-side-down. Well, at least it sure seems that way. I think we can all agree, that this has happened to us at least once in our lives; Yes? I can honestly say, this seems to happen to me on a daily basis.
These “unexpected changes” seem to really like to target my health plans and goals. I have started setting quarterly goals, as my long-term goal, and then I break that down into weekly and even daily goals that I use to keep me on track to reach that long-term goal. I use my Change4Life workbook to monitor my eating and exercises for each day. I am able to then determine if I am doing what I need to do, in order to meet the upcoming goal. Until recently, things have been going as planned. I have been gaining lean muscle, gaining strength, and losing body fat. Just as I planned. Then, the unexpected happened. My body stopped changing. I hadn’t changed anything in my daily food intake; I am still exercising at least 5 day a week; I have actually increased my cardio using HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) at least 3 days a week. I have had to increase my food intake to keep up with the higher demand I am putting on my body, but I have been very careful, not to increase it more than my body will burn. But for some reason, over the last 2-3 weeks, my body has stopped changing. It is certainly perplexing, to say the least.
You may be asking yourself; “What does Don’s body not changing, have to with the unexpected”? And the answer would be; Everything. When we set our sights on something, and we plan it all out and make goals and do whatever we need to do to make the plan come to fruition, and then it doesn’t happen, we need to be able to roll with it, and not let it deter us from going forward. So many times, when something unexpected happens, I have had to test my own willingness to keep going. I would either evaluate, adjust, and overcome, or I would get overwhelmed and retreat. Things are going to happen; it’s a fact of nature. What we have to ask ourselves is, “are we ready”? Are we mentally and emotionally, ready? Our mental and emotional state are what we are the most vulnerable to when it comes to the unexpected. We can usually handle the physically unexpected stuff like broken bones or cuts. But when it comes to the mental and emotional things in life, man, we can absolutely lose all sense of security and control we thought we had on our lives. It can literally change our lives forever.
Obviously, there are so many things that are out of our control. I get that. The main point here is that, the more we plan to have unexpected things happen in our lives, the potential for them to have a lesser impact on us, increases. Since there are no guarantee’s for anything that we will come across in life, I propose that we take a step back and let life happen. We can’t predict it, and we can’t change it. All we can do is make the best of every situation that life throws us. Because that, we can control.