How to stick to your plan in abnormal times.

Finding our way. Photo Heidi Sandstrom from Unsplash.

Finding our way. Photo Heidi Sandstrom from Unsplash.

I offer lots of tips and strategies for how to stick to your weight loss plan during normal times; even during special events and when traveling. 

Today I want you to care about sticking to your plan in abnormal times. 

For support, I went to two of my favorite human beings, Viktor Frankl and Pema Chödrön.

An abnormal reaction to an abnormal situation is normal behavior.
— Viktor E. Frankl, Man's Search for Meaning

Why should we care about getting healthy when the world seems to be falling apart?

Where do you reach for that resolve to love yourself, when it appears love is leaking from the world?

Hurricanes ravage; loved ones are in peril.

Guns in the hand of this one man kill and maim the innocent.

Grief strikes, we want to feel sorrow.

If someone comes along and shoots an arrow into your heart, it’s fruitless to stand there and yell at the person. It would be much better to turn your attention to the fact that there’s an arrow in your heart...
— Pema Chödrön, Start Where You Are: A Guide to Compassionate Living

Allowing sorrow is not the same as using our old habits to suffer more.

We may have survivor guilt. 

We may be completely grateful it wasn’t us or our families.

We may fear we will be next.

Abnormal times can build resilience.  That is the choice I am making.

If we use trying times to self-destruct, how can we make the incremental changes that are demanded by these trying times?

Allow yourself to grieve. 

But there was no need to be ashamed of tears, for tears bore witness that a man had the greatest of courage, the courage to suffer.
— Viktor E. Frankl, Man's Search for Meaning

Allow yourself to act. 

If we each act, it will make a difference.

Ask yourself, what can I do today to create a more loving world?

Value life, include yourself. 

Then you are strengthened and energized to take action.

It did not really matter what we expected from life, but rather what life expected from us. We needed to stop asking about the meaning of life, and instead to think of ourselves as those who were being questioned by life—daily and hourly. Our answer must consist, not in talk and meditation, but in right action and in right conduct. Life ultimately means taking the responsibility to find the right answer to its problems and to fulfill the tasks which it constantly sets for each individual.
— Viktor E. Frankl, Man's Search for Meaning

I am here if you want to talk about how to stick to your plan during abnormal times.

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