No one is immune from life challenges, and there are none so difficult as the passing of a dear friend, much too young. Instead of a short overnight getaway, the last couple days were consumed with hospital visits and dealing with grief; our own as well as that of friends and family members. It was impossible to plan for food, so I put the situation into the category of ‘doing the best I could’.
I didn’t abandon the program completely, however. Actually my meals were quite on point, I just didn’t insist on the preparation being as clean as I would have made it at home, or even insisted on at another time.
The temptation to go completely off track was also there. It was easy to think, ‘how important is this in the grand scheme of things?’ But as I often tell my clients, challenges are not a reason to quit. Challenges provide the opportunity to do our best to get over, around, or through them, without giving up, and then getting back to the plan as soon as possible.
Today is that day. Today is shopping and food prep.
This is not a diet. This is a learning. I’m learning that I can focus on more than one thing at the same time. I can be conscious of my own goals, and present to current situations as they arise. This is not about sticking to something so rigidly that I can’t allow for diversion. It is about staying focused and continuing to take one day at a time.