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WW Question: Interruptions in Our Wellness Plans

I wish I was the kind of person who worked ahead and always had some blog posts just ready to be scheduled. If you’ve read my blog very often, you know that’s just not me. Sometimes my ‘fly by the seat of my pants’ comes back to bite me. Monday was one of those times.

Saturday I woke up not feeling great, but we had planned to buy groceries, so that’s what we did. We were gone for less than an hour, but by the time we got home and got everything put away, I was completely worn out. That afternoon, I realized my throat was feeling scratchy, and things just went downhill from there. I never had a fever, so I suspect it was just seasonal allergies, but I still felt awful. Monday was even worse.

Because I didn’t have my post already done, I didn’t have a blog post to schedule on Monday.

Now I could beat myself up for not sticking to my schedule, or think that because I blew it on Monday I might as well give up on this blogging gig, but instead, I’ll just press on from here. After all, missing one post isn’t the end of the world, is it?

It sounds ridiculous to think that someone would consider giving up because they missed one blog post, doesn’t it?

But how often do we do that with our wellness efforts?

How many times do we decide that since we messed up with our [eating….exercise….meditation….whatever wellness behaviors we’re working on] we’ve completely blown it? Once we start to get into that all-or-nothing mindset, we start to think “why bother? I can’t stay consistent with this, so I might as well stop trying.” Believe me, I’ve seen this more times than I can count.

There are always going to be times when we have, as we southerners say, “a monkey wrench thrown into the system.” We’re going to have interruptions, and it’s important to have a plan for what to do if that happens. Life isn’t perfect. If we don’t expect and plan for those times when things don’t go according to plan, we can them derail us.

With that in mind, this week let’s ask ourselves:

Teal background with white conversation bubble which reads, "Do I have a plan to deal with any interruptions in my wellness plan? How will I handle it when I'm not able to keep to my schedule with my wellness behaviors? How will I get back on track if this happens?"

As we talked about in Making Room for “Real Life” in Your Wellness Plan, we often feel as if we have to have a perfect plan and stick to it perfectly. Honestly, though, that’s just not realistic. As Winston Churchill famously said, “Perfection is the enemy of progress.”

In order to make consistent forward progress with our wellness, we need to expect interruptions. Having a plan to deal with them and get back on track can keep us from feeling guilty if we don’t do things perfectly.

Have you ever experienced that all-or-nothing thinking where you thought since you didn’t do something perfectly you should just not even try anymore? What have you found helpful for dealing with those inevitable interruptions in your wellness plan? Please share!

Blessings,

~Terri

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19 comments

  1. I do exactly the same as you and feel guilty if I have not got a post ready. Why we beat ourselves up this way is strange as it can be done on another day like you said. Hope your feeling better soon x

    1. Thanks so much Bar! I’m sure it’s allergies — it’s Fall here and I almost always feel awful for a few weeks this time of year. I just forget from one year to the next, so it catches me unprepared.😊 I agree it’s strange that we beat ourselves up for not doing things, especially as they probably aren’t that important in the grand scheme of things…. I hope you’re doing well sweet friend. Sending hugs your way!

  2. Oh yes! All the time. In my past life as a project manager, we allowed for time in a schedule to deal with things that caused the project to slow. There was time for “known unknowns”. You didn’t know exactly what they would be, but you’d experienced them in previous projects and were fairly certain they’d show up in this one. Very early in projects, you also had a little time for “unknown unknowns”. These impacts showed up when you had very little information available about the project or the project area. All that to say, what works best for me is to actually plan for the unknowns. They’re going to happen! I really like what you said, too. Learn from the past, but look forward… “I’ll press on from here.”

    1. Thanks so much for sharing Tim! I love that — leaving room in our schedules for “known unknowns.” As you said, they’re going to happen, so it can be helpful to just build room for them into our plan. Hope you and your lovely wife have a great trip to the orchards. Sending hugs to you both!

    1. Thanks so much for sharing Sarah! I haven’t been brave enough to get on IG; I have enough trouble trying to keep up with what I’m already supposed to be doing ha ha! Thanks for your well-wishes. I definitely feel better than I did on Monday. Sending hugs your way sweet friend!

  3. great question (as always) Terri. we have so much going on in our lives that it easy to get side tracked from our health to just normal every day stuff……..i have had to learn to give myself grace and get back at it when I am able. it’s too easy to quit.

    1. Thanks so much Wendi! I love what you said about giving yourself grace and getting back to it when you’re able. As you said, if we don’t learn to do that, it’s to easy to just get into that “all or nothing” mindset and give up. I hope things have slowed down around your house and that you’re doing well. Sending hugs sweet friend!

    1. Thanks so much VJ! As I told Bar, I’m sure it’s just allergies. It happens every Fall, but I just forget about it all the months in between.😁 I hope you’re all settled into your beautiful new home and that you’ve at least somewhat recovered from the move. Sending hugs!

      1. That’s true – though I don’t really have the sniffles. Mine is more the clogged sinuses, headache, body ache, fatigue – type symptoms. My whole body just goes crazy this time of year. 😁 I DID get a little nervous, though, and kept checking my temperature just in case I needed to go hide myself away from Hubby.😊

  4. Sorry to hear you’re in a flare Terri, praying you will be in a better cycle soon sweet friend.
    I think chronic illness really accentuates the need for routine, routines are well known & comforting little friends. When they’re interrupted we have a little panic because we have so little energy to deal with the interruption (including a flare)!
    But realizing we can only do what we can do on any given day with the energy we have for that day really helps us to relax.
    It’s the same with our health routines, while an interruption is a little annoying, frustrating even, we can get back to it as soon as practically possible.
    The biggest hurdle is our own narratives! We have a tendency to beat ourselves up over the silliest of things.
    Blessings,
    Jennifer

    1. Thanks so much for sharing Jennifer! You’re so right about our biggest hurdles being our own narratives. It really is easy to just get back to our wellness behaviors when we’ve “fallen off the wagon,” but so many people beat themselves up because they didn’t do things perfectly and let the interruptions completely derail them. Take good care of yourself sweet friend! Sending hugs your way!

  5. Hi, Terri! This is such a compassionate post. It feels just like a warm hug from a dear friend. Your words have caused me to really stop and think.

    As someone who struggles with that nasty ol’ perfectionism, I understand exactly what you’re saying. The way you tied the story of missing a blog post into life interrupted was perfect! It does sound silly when you put it this way. Sometimes all we need is a new perspective.

    Interestingly enough, I feel like I’m much more adept at getting back on track with wellness than I am in other areas of life. I wonder why that is? How about you?

    This post really gets us thinking, Terri. I love how you do that! Thank you for the inspiration. I’ve shared on social media so others can be inspired to think differently as well. ♥

    1. Awwww…..thank you so much Holly! You always leave the sweetest comments! I’m glad you found it helpful. Like you, I find getting back to my wellness behaviors easier than getting back to other things. I guess that’s because I have a lot of practice. 😁 Actually, for me, it’s probably because with fibromyalgia, I experience a LOT of interruptions due to pain and fatigue. If I let them derail me every time, I’d never be able to move forward to improve my overall wellness. Thanks so much for sharing on social media. I really appreciate it. Take good care of yourself sweet friend. Sending lots of love and hugs your way!

  6. You speak the truth Terri. There are times where I too have interruptions that make me feel like how am I going to get back on track again. But I look at it this way, all these interruptions just helps to better ourselves and gives us a pause in our lives to re-energize.

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