What a windy weekend. And the rain, hail, and power outages, too. Wow! We didn’t lose our power; I hope that you didn’t either (or if you did, it has since been restored).
Speaking of which, we expected to lose power. Though we hadn’t made any big, power-dependent plans (such as starting a movie marathon — hmmm… I think it’s about time to watch all of the Harry Potter movies again), we knew that the odds of our power going out were good with trees and power lines going down in our neighborhood, sometimes as close as the next street over. As a result, we prepared for losing power and were happy when, despite the lights flickering more than a few times, the power remained on.
K and I spent yesterday morning running errands and the early part of the afternoon doing chores, so we missed our chance to go out for a run or walk when the weather was still mild. When I checked the weather app around 1pm, there were six alerts — warnings about 70 mph winds and advice to stay away from wooded areas, take shelter, and avoid windows. Though we don’t live in the forest (I’m not sure if that would be creepy or cool), there are enough trees on our street for me to heed the warnings and stay inside during the worst of the storm.
When we did venture out for a short walk, the wind was still pretty strong and we cut our walk short.
And that was okay.
We knew before we tied our shoes that staying outside for any period of time wasn’t the best idea and that the storm could pick up again. Instead of walking too far and getting caught without shelter, we stayed close to home and were delighted to walk a single mile.
When it comes to exercising consistently, we can set goals, take action, and make progress — and we can also experience setbacks and/or delays.
The important thing is to keep going. Keep moving toward your goals, even when you need to adjust your plans.
Managing your expectations can help you to keep going.
If you are constantly setting goals that are unrealistic when compared to where you are — on the fitness front as well as in your life — the odds of you achieving those goals go down while the odds of you experiencing frustration go up.
If, instead, you learn to set goals that stretch you without making you feel like you are part of the Impossible Mission Force and about to be disavowed, you will have the opportunity to grow and build confidence.
Each of us will have awesome, good, and mediocre workouts, and, sometimes, we’ll have workouts that are just terrible. We will feel great and we will feel okay, and, sometimes, we will get sick or injured and feel miserable.
Understanding that not every workout is going to be perfect can help you to take the rough workouts in stride.
As much as we’d all like to set a goal (fitness or otherwise) and move directly to achieving that goal in the most efficient manner, the path to a worthwhile goal is rarely a straight line.
Understanding this and planning for it can make the journey possible and, potentially, more enjoyable.