So on January 2nd, I really worked hard to make it happen. I started off great! Through January and February, I ate more vegetables and less bread. I stopped going back for a second helping at every meal. I started going on some long walks and even ran a bit. I did push-ups and pull-ups and other exercises that can easily be done at home and in the office. By the end of February, I had lost about 20 pounds and I was feeling good! I had established a few new habits that were working for me!
On February 28th, a friend asked me if I could play for his indoor soccer team because they were missing a few players. I eagerly agreed and played pretty well. It was a blast! With about three minutes left in the game, I was chasing down a ball that was heading towards our goal, I flipped the ball against the wall to my right, then cut left. Unfortunately, my knee cut right, and POP.
I tore my ACL. I knew it. I limped off the field, and grabbed some ice. A few days later, the doc confirmed my injury and scheduled surgery for March 20th. What a downer! For the first time in quite a few years, I had made a resolution that actually stuck! It stuck because I chose a few easy habits that I could actually maintain. The question became, would I be able to keep up with my new routines through the six month recovery period?
Post surgery included massive back pain and a nasty hematoma under one of my incisions. Six months turned into eight months. A few months into rehab, I felt like I had failed to maintain my new habits. I wasn't focused on the veggies as much and there was really no way to get my exercise with a bum knee.
What's the point?
Looking back now, I realize that I didn't exactly fail. I may have missed days (or weeks) but the general habits are still there. Missing one day or week does not mean that I destroyed my resolution. It does not mean I broke the good habit and I need to start from scratch. It doesn't mean that I need to wait until the next January first to begin again. A habit is not broken so easily, especially if my resolve to keep it is strong! "Two steps forward, one step back" is still progress!