Life throws you curve balls and now it’s time you created a lifesaving kit for your healthy lifestyle.

We know that life changes and we grow along with the struggles and triumphs, it’s the experiences that make us stronger.

When most people embark on a fitness regime and get on the horse to a healthier lifestyle, they don’t think ahead to what they will do and how they will deal with a setback.

We set out knowing that roadblocks are inevitable, but most of us also know that in the past we were unable to bounce back immediately and we fall out of our workout and eating regime.

Think about the last time you fell “off the wagon”. What was the trigger? Good or bad: a wedding, an illness, a friend who needed support, a vacation full of margaritas. If we do not have a plan to get back on, they all have the same effect on our fitness regime.

“A failure to plan is a plan to fail.”

“If things are not going as according to plan, it is because there was no plan to begin with.”

Sit down with your long-term and short-term goals (you have done that already right?).

Underneath your goals, write out obstacles that have set you back in the past. Whether it was self-inflicted or an outside force it doesn’t matter. Any set-backs need to be accounted for.

Now, think of tools you can use in case any of these or other road blocks occur again. Here are some examples of tools you can use:

  1. Ask a certified trainer for a “home-based program”. You don’t need a lot of tools, usually a stability ball and your body weight are all you need for a great workout in the short term.
  2. Keep supportive family and friends around who will help you during the hard times. Have open communication and, most important of all, be able to ask for help. One of our downfalls (mostly seen in women) is that we think we are super heroes and should be able to take on the world alone. No one expects that of you.
  3. Write down all your accomplishment, big or small, along your journey to health. Then, when you are stuck, look back at your list of accomplishments and know that you have come a long way (no matter what the scale says) and you deserve it to keep moving forward.
  4. Write down why you want to be healthier, fitter, more active. Write down why you are doing this. Why is this all important to you. Again, look back and read it.
  5. If your roadblock was self-induced know that it was not a “mistake”, but a learning experience that will make you stronger when you re-start your journey tomorrow.
  6. Fitness is a journey … not a destination. We grow and learn each day. There is never an end, it is a lifestyle not a short-term plan. Did you have an injury? If we take a week off for important matters that’s OK. What is a week in the rest of your life? Just do what you can, keep eating well and feeding your body and know that you are doing the best that you can.
  7. Stop beating yourself up. Would you take all the criticism and back talk from others that you give to yourself? Heck no. You are your own worst enemy and you need to start being your own best friend.

I hope that these small tools will help you when you reach that hurdle because, believe me, you will. You just need to be ready. And remember: I’m listening.

This column is provided by Peak Fitness. Mrs. Lee Randell is an ACE certified personal trainer. Contact information and past articles are available at www.pkfitness.yk.ca/Clients. Anyone who wants to begin an exercise program should consult their physician first.

This column is provided by Mrs. Lee Randell, independent fitness consultant, who is an ACE certified advanced health and fitness specialist and personal trainer. You can reach her at www.mrsleerandell.com.