Well, my routine was well and truly disrupted yesterday. Which threw off everthing I’m doing.
I was on my way to work yesterday, an action which afforded me the opportunity to participate in a three vehicle collision. Fortunatly, it was a low speed sort of affair and nobody was hurt. Two of the three cars sustained no damage at all. The third, of course, was mine. It’s entirely cosmetic, so that’s good. But I still ended up thaking the day off from work to deal with insurance.
“Well,” you may be thinking now, “that’s bad news. I mean, I’m sorry for you and glad to hear that you’re all right, but… what does this have to do with weight loss and general health?”
The answer, surprisingly, is “Quite a bit.”
See, this threw my whole day into a tailspin. I’ve got my whole daily exercise routine built around *being at work* and then *coming home from work*. As I wrote recently, I walk between two and two and a half miles a day at work. And then I get another half a mile to a mile in by walking to pick up my son. None of that happened yesterday, because I was completely distracted by the accident, and then by dealing with the accident, and then by trying to find ways to be productive after I dealt with it.
And I was, don’t get me wrong. I didn’t sprawl on the couch and drown my sorrows with a pint of Ben and Jerry’s (still love that brand) while watching movies. But… I pretty much fumbled my goals.
I guess what I’m saying is, don’t let your routine drive your goals. Use your goals to establish a routine, sure. But don’t let them become so automatic that, if they get disrupted even a little, the entire framework falls apart. Your goals should serve you, not the other way around.
Also, don’t get in accidents. They really wreck your day.