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You had a bad weekend. You jumped off your new healthy lifestyle wagon. Whatever you do, please, please, please…DO NOT JUMP ON THAT SCALE! It will only confirm that you were off your mark. It will certainly bring more attention to your mistakes rather than finding the positives. Instead, you need to jump right back into “The Game”. This is now a mental battle. The “Guilt” keeps you trapped in your past and makes you unable to focus on the positive steps you have made. You should focus on what you should have done.

Professional athletes know you never focus on your last strike out or last dropped pass. You must visualize yourself hitting a triple or home run. You need to concentrate on making the next play count!

Satan wants nothing more than for you to dwell on your past mistakes and prevent you from reaching your fullest potential. Guilt is a tool Satan uses to keep us trapped. God forgive us for any mistake we made. We should apply the same grace of forgiveness to ourselves. With forgiveness, we can focus on the hope of

tomorrow and see new opportunities as they approach us. So, whenever you feel like you have missed your mark, or you have fallen off of this new lifestyle wagon, remember to dust yourself off and get back into the game.

In the Bible, we read about how a righteous man may fall seven times, however, he finds a way to get back up.

Proverbs 24:16 (New International Version, ©2011)
 for though the righteous fall seven times, they rise again, 

   but the wicked stumble when calamity strikes.

I see how the righteous man uses God’s strength to find a way to get back up and keep fighting the good fight!

Here are some great tips to keep you from slipping as well as staying on target towards your goal. Have a plan

of action in place ahead of time as follows, to help reduce your chances of failure:

1. Find a training partner to help keep you accountable for showing up,
2. Pack a bag with your gym clothes and tennis shoes and keep in your vehicle. This ensures that you will never forget them at home…Again!
3. Realize that fitness and just staying active are not goals with a finish line. Staying active should be a part of your new healthy lifestyle FOREVER.
4. Aim to break a sweat each and every day. You do not have to commit to a 30 minute, 60 minute or even a 90-minute workout tape, gym session or outdoor/indoor run. But, try to break a sweat by doing something every day.
5. Make your calendar your new friend. Each day that you successfully workout and complete a regimen, mark it on your calendar.
Remember, don’t allow yourself to be trapped with guilt, God always forgives and therefore,  you should forgive yourself if you commit a mistake and move forward. Focus on your goal. I hope this article has helped you and if you have any questions or if you want to create a discussion, feel free to comment below.

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