As you may know, a few years ago my family and I radically changed our eating habits. We cut “meat with feet” out of our diet and now eat a mostly vegetarian diet plus fish and eggs. The funny thing is this: I haven’t missed hamburgers one little bit. Well…except once.
On a Wednesday evening a couple of weeks ago, I joined up with a local running store for a 6:30 PM run. The store was celebrating its first anniversary, so they were having fun, games, and (the big draw for me) giveaways, starting at 5:00 PM. There wasn’t time for me to eat dinner before heading off for my evening of prize winning and running. By the time I made it home for dinner, it was well after 8 PM and I found myself in a very uncomfortable position. I was craving a cheeseburger! (Maybe it wasn’t such a good idea for this nearly vegetarian to add Jimmy Buffet’s “Cheeseburger in Paradise” to her running playlist?)
As you can imagine, there were no cheeseburger-making supplies at home in my refrigerator, and if I was going to give in to this craving, it was going to have to be with a really good cheeseburger. In other words, this craving could not be satisfied with the kind of cheeseburger you could get your hands on after 8 PM while wearing sweat-soaked running clothes. And so, vegetarian fare won out.
But my craving remained.
Fast forward to the next Monday night, when my daughter invited a few friends over for a cookout and a sleepover. The menu that night included 100% beef hotdogs. I looked for some meat-free options while shopping, but the store we went to that night didn’t have any. I figured I would get by on side dishes and call it done. But, having never satisfied my hamburger craving from a few days prior, the hotdogs looked amazing! And so…I had a hotdog. I topped it with onions, pickle relish, ketchup and mustard, and savored every single bite.
Yep – I veered off track. I gave into my cravings for meat and ate a hotdog. Luckily the hotdog satisfied my cheeseburger craving, but still, I had fallen off the meet-free bandwagon. But here’s the thing:
It’s okay if you veer off track.
The road to our goals is never a straight path. And that’s okay. The trick is to know this and then simply get back on track. Here’s what I mean.
Maybe you need a break from your big organizing project. No worries. Give yourself the rest you need and get back on track when you’re feeling rested.
Maybe you forgot to use your new paperwork system for a few days…and the piles have started to return. No problem! Simply start using your system again today. Pick up where you left off and keep moving forward.
Perhaps you set a goal to lose a pound a week…but last week you gained a pound. That’s okay! Stop beating yourself up and get back on track this week. Try to figure out what you can do differently this week to create the outcome you want.
Or maybe you ate a hotdog or a cheeseburger when you truly are committed to eating a meat-free diet. It’s okay. Simply get back on track today. (And maybe consider deleting that cheeseburger song from your playlist!)
Have you veered off-track on one of your projects or goals recently? If so, it truly is okay. What’s one thing you can do today to get back on track? Let me know in the comments below. (And then…go do it!)