Week 12: No matter how hard I try, invariably I mess up at least a little while traveling. These past two weeks, while traveling from Missouri to New Mexico, back to Missouri for an overnight stay, then on to Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, until finally, I was able to return home, proved no different. Speaking engagements scattered all over America are hard on a health initiative.
Having my Weight Watchers phone app helped a lot. The convenience of fingertip accountability made it possible for me to keep track of my food and drink consumption. But as a compulsive stress eater, even with the right tools at hand, I did some things wrong, and some things right.
My traveling failures:
- As much as I enjoy the privilege, mixing family with business always triggers at least a little extra anxiety. On this particular round of speaking, I happened to be in the vicinity of members in two different areas. In both places, I ate at least one meal without tracking, or restraint.
- I started out drinking at least eight glasses of water each day. But in New Mexico, a higher elevation which actually requires extra hydration, I let myself slide down to a mere four to five glasses by the end of my stay.
- Even when I kept my Weight Watcher points within range, I still didn’t consume the minimum amounts of fruits, vegetables, and milk products.
- I couldn’t rest as well as I do at home.
My traveling successes:
- I exercised by walking and running in the areas I visited for at least twenty minutes.
- When I overate and failed to track one day, I didn’t let it excuse me the next. I jumped back on track immediately.
- When I made a mistake, I didn’t spend time or energy beating myself up. Instead, I intentionally spoke encouragements into my mind.
- I came home with a determination to reset my body, and make a fresh start.
This is where my traveling cleanse comes in. For many reasons, I’ve been thinking about fasting lately. The Bible talks about it a lot, and I’ve learned that everything God tells us to do is for our benefit. So I’m going to take a day and purify my body, while focusing my mind on things much more important than myself. Isaiah 58 spells out what we should and shouldn’t do during a fast, and I want reset my physical and mental being according to its guidelines.
Fasting for me isn’t about dropping pounds, after all, I didn’t gain much while I was gone. It’s about purging myself of impurities, and treating myself well. No matter how hard I try, I’ll sometimes make mistakes. The key for me is how I react afterwards. I can forgive myself, pick up the pieces, and refuse to use a little slide as an excuse to give up. A long term makeover is made up of many moments. Only I can decide what to do with them.
How do you react when you mess up?
Anita Fresh Faith
Anita Agers-Brooks is a Business and Inspirational Coach, Certified Personality Trainer, Productivity Expert, Certified Training Facilitator, Communications Specialist, and national speaker. Anita is also the author of, First Hired, Last Fired — How to Become Irreplaceable in Any Job Market. Now available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Books a Million, Lifeway, Christianbook.com, plus many fine stores, Christian and otherwise.
She’s a partner in The Zenith Zone, a business coaching firm. Member of the Christian Writer’s Guild, Toastmasters, a client of WordServe Literary Group, and the Simply Sue Speaks booking agency. A graduate of CLASSeminars for Leaders, Speakers, and Authors, a co-founder of The StoryWriting Studio, and speaker on circuit for Stonecroft International Ministries.
Anita’s passionate about business with integrity, healthy relationships, and issues of identity. She travels the country teaching others from her personal experiences and research. She believes it’s never too late for a fresh start with fresh faith.
Anita likes to lounge by a river or lake in Missouri, laughing with with her husband of thirty years, Ricky.