Dealing with a Setback. Continue On? Give Up? What Do You Do?

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How do you deal with a setback in your life?  Do you have the determination to keep going?  Do you give up, feeling it will never work anyway?  Or do you find yourself somewhere in between?

For our purposes here, let’s just talk about setbacks in relation to improving our health, increasing our movement and in turn, having positive results in reaching our goals.

I have spoken many times about my love (obsession) for my Fitbit One Wireless Activity Plus Sleep Tracker.  And now the Fitbit Inspire.  For me, it’s been a fabulous way to track movement and keep me motivated.  But, even with a tool like this, there can be setbacks. For many months I’ve not reached my minimum daily step goal, and in turn, have not hit my desired goal.  So, what do I do when things like this happen?

I can only speak for myself and admit to having MANY setbacks while working to improve my health and movement.  Sometimes I set my goals too high and when that goal is not achieved, “perfectly”, I feel like giving up.

It is important to have REALISTIC goals to work towards.  I love the virtual badges that Fitbit offers and intend on getting EVERY one of them. Realistic? I hope so.  Regain the level of movement I had a couple of years ago?  I hope so.  

My point?  Set realistic goals.  Strive to reach those goals, knowing that it is OK to push yourself but knowing that sustainability is the key.  It does not have to be an all or nothing situation.  For example, a person who is trying to give up refined sugar, slips and has a gooey sugary cookie.  You are not a failure if you have a setback, but this does not mean that you can continue to eat those cookies and gorge for the next week, month … and so on. (guilty)

As for movement, maybe you have set a goal of 10,000 steps a day, every day. You have a bad day and only have a step count of 6,000 or so.  Don’t give up! Get up the next morning and start moving.  Be determined to get those 10,000 steps that day.  Again, it does not have to be all or nothing. Pick yourself up, evaluate what happened, and remember: evaluate … DO NOT obsess over it. (guilty) Then move on toward your goal. Get a Fitbit Inspire here.

So, whatever your situation is, there will be setbacks.  Remember to evaluate, not obsess, and continue on. You can do this (and so can I) … so LET’S GET MOVING!

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