But I’m on VACATION!

We have so many excuses, don’t we?

Hey, I’m preaching to the choir here (that’s really a dumb cliche, but you know what I mean).

I’m too busy.  I’m too tired.  I’m too stressed.  I don’t have enough time.  I don’t have enough money.  No one supports me.  I have a poor metabolism.

Blah blah blah.

Yes, the person next door might look like they have more advantages than you.  It might be true.  But I’d dare bet you have advantages they don’t have.

One of our Winter Challenge members, Dyan, went on a romantic vacation with her husband.  A vacation to a resort in Mexico.  Ahh….sounds fabulous.  Especially in this frigid winter weather.  However, it interrupted the first two weeks of our Challenge.  I was sooo excited that even with her vacation she still managed to earn 89% of her points for week 1 and week 2!  What?!?  No, I’m on VACATION excuse?!?  So I asked her how she did it.  This is what she said.

I’ll admit, I rarely back down from a challenge. Especially when it involves health, wellness and/or fitness. So when the invitation to participate in the Healthy Habits Challenge came, what did I do? I hesitated.

Yes, you heard me. I hesitated. Why? Mexico. Cancun, to be exact.

My husband and I had just booked a vacation which would interrupt weeks 1 and 2 of the challenge. I didn’t want to look, and feel, like a failure. Simply not participating would cure that, right? Wrong. I would still feel like I’d failed myself.

God never gives up on me. NEVER. Even in times when I’ve failed Him. It’s not in His vocabulary, so why should it be in mine?

I accepted the invitation to participate and made up my mind to do my best. I have this sign in my house that says “Do what you can with what you have where you are”. Okay, I can do that! Even in Mexico.

I packed all the necessary challenge papers for weeks 1 and 2 along with my Bible for encouragement and simply planned to do my best.

It turned out to be much easier than I expected. Long walks on the beach or a swim in the pool for exercise, fruit and vegetables available at every meal, bottled water always near, Facebook to contact another challenge member, the food journal on my bedside table.

Oh, I’m NOT saying it was always a piece of cake, but being consistent while on vacation has made continuing the challenge at home easier and more enjoyable.

I’m so glad I didn’t back down from the Healthy Habits Challenge. Or the challenge I gave myself to keep working at it while on vacation.

Do what you can. With what you have. Where you are. Make goals. Be aware of them. Stick to them. Challenge yourself! You’ll be amazed by who you are and what you can do!

Thanks for sharing, Dyan.

No excuses.  You can do it.


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