Does Life Get in the Way?

- POSTED ON: Oct 14, 2011

I've noticed over time that it is common
to feel that Life gets in the way of one's Goals
and keeps us from reaching them.

Life is full of unexpected events.
Some of them are pleasant, and some are not.

Weekends, Holidays, Vacations, Celebration Events
happen for us all.

Everyone experiences Crisis Situations.
Things like health problems, financial problems,
relationship problems, family problems,
We go through changes in our environment, our homes, our jobs,
our daily routines.

Sometimes a crisis involves us on a personal and physical level,
other times it involves us emotionally because
it is happening to the others we care for.

The Point is, that even in such difficult times,
it is up to each of us to keep our ultimate goals in mind.
If weight-loss or maintaining weight-loss is an important goal for us,
then we need to work to keep our eating behavior off a roller-coaster
in these Life Situations.  
  We need to work to stay steadfast,
and learn not to use these "unusual" times
as "Exceptions" which give us permission to eat in a manner that won't  
keep us directed toward our goals.

Right now I'm experiencing a small and very minor "life crisis".
The hot water pipes under the concrete foundation of my house broke,
and early next week, all of the hot and cold water plumbing
will be re-routed through my attic
and down my walls to my sinks, tubs, toilets etc.

We have been living with only cold water for the past week,
and in a couple of days we will have to leave our home
and stay in a nearby hotel for several days while the work goes on.
Our 10 year old moody cat....who has never left my house and yard
(except for brief visits to the vet) will be coming with us.

Upon our return it will be up to me to deal with contractors who will
be repairing our walls. This will also involve painting walls,
as well as a strip on the front of my house
from the water source to the ceiling,
and new wallpaper in both bathrooms,

 I am very fond of my home. I've owed this house for 37 years,
I raised my children in it, and I'm finding this emotionally difficult,
as well as being a big time nuisance.
This is also a large and unexpected expense, although
I am fortunate enough to have homeowners insurance
that will pay about half of it.

So, this is one of the times that I could use to justify
Life getting in the way of my eating goals.
However, I am working very hard to keep from doing this.
Although there are routine things my situation keeps me from doing,
there are other things I can do to balance that.

I am working to avoid that mentality of throwing the baby out with the bath water.
that natural tendency that many of us have to say,
"oh well, I'll just eat what I want and deal with it later".
If I dent my car, I don't ram it into that obstacle over and over again.
But that is the kind of thinking we dieters often justify.

 So it goes. 
Maybe I'll be offline here a few days,
and maybe I won't.
But for certain, I'm going to be working really hard
toward eating behavior that will help me
toward my ongoing goal of maintaining my current weight. 

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Existing Comments:

On Oct 14, 2011 TexArk wrote:
Wow! Sometimes I think we are living in parallel universes! I spent from January to the end of April last year dealing with remodeling my family home (the one I grew up in). If you remember I had to stay in a motel over a month and then was cornered in a back room and bath with no kitchen access..just a small microwave and small refrigerator and I was in a wheelchair most of that time! You inspired me along the way and I actually stayed on plan because I was focused on my goal. There were many other times in my life that a very little thing would derail me, but something was different about this time. You already have that figured out so you will do fine. You will find a way because you know what the consequences of taking the easy way out will be. I will admit that having internet access saved the day for me...I didn't have to have an extended time without access. Oh and I didn't have a pet to deal with...just a daughter trying to take graduate classes!

On Oct 14, 2011 Dr. Collins wrote:
             TexArk. You had a much more difficult time. A month is a very long time. For me it is only supposed to be a few days, which is really only an inconvenience. I thought it was a good example of how Life happens for us all.

On Oct 14, 2011 sad wrote:
Sorry to hear about the problems but I am sure you will deal with it in your normally efficient way. Good luck with the cat in a

On Oct 14, 2011 Dr. Collins wrote:
             Sue, I'm glad to hear from you. Boodie in a hotel...Oh My!!!

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