Quitting for the right reasons: 30 is the new 40


OK, time to come clean – I’m a big fat quitter. The last official day of my “40 days of yoga" challenge has come and gone, and let’s just say I didn’t graduate.

When I signed up, I had every intention of following through with perfect down dog form, but, even though I did my best, life happened. And you know what? I’m OK with it.

On Day 31 I looked at the clock, and it was 4:30 p.m. – time to get ready for yoga. On my way upstairs I looked down and saw our little rescue puppy, Millie, who was looking longingly in my direction. It was a gorgeous day, and she wanted to go for a walk. Then it dawned on me, that although I was killing it at the yoga challenge, I had been neglecting some other things, one of which was our sweet “pity puppy.” This thought hadn’t occurred to me yet, but now I had a decision to make – to walk the dog, or not walk the dog … this was the question.

Since I already told you I’m a big fat quitter, you may have guessed that I left the mat at home, grabbed my tennis shoes and went for a nice loooong stroll with my girl. As Millie and I walked the neighborhood, I felt a little guilty for throwing in the towel, and then I didn’t. Of course, no one wants to be a quitter, but I think I did it for the right reasons. Sometimes in life, we commit to something, because it seems like a great idea at the time but things change. What starts out as a good decision, may not end up being right a month later.

On Day 1 of the challenge, I had set out to break a bad cycle of not taking care of myself. I needed to get out of the rut where I ate terribly, and never exercised ... and I did that! Even though I didn’t make it the entire length of the challenge, let’s be positive! I DID accomplish a few pretty great things:

1. 30 days of yoga, meditation, and mindful eating.

2. Getting in the habit of doing something to take care of myself every day.

3. Putting aside my to-do list, some days, in favor of enjoying the moment.

I like to think that I completed a modified “30 days of yoga challenge,” and I’m pretty darn proud of that. I could have quit the challenge, grabbed the remote and some bonbons, but I quit so I could take my dog for a walk on a beautiful day. If that’s not progress, then I don’t know what is!

Jordan Schupbach is a mother of three living in the Houston area. She blogs at www.lattesandliving.com - sharing the good, the bad and the frenzied.


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