The Resolution Challenge: Overcoming Obstacles

The Resolution Challenge: Overcoming Obstacles

Ok. So here we are, the third week into January… how are you doing? Are you rocking it?! Have you lost momentum? Are you just getting started? Have you encountered obstacles?

Last week, we talked about how crucial Resolution Planning was. Having a plan can ensure your success because it provides a solution for staying on track- through most situations, anyway. I’ll be honest with you, sometimes even the most adequate planning cannot save you from some of the obstacles you might be facing, so let’s discuss a few ways to jump those hurdles.

This Week’s Obstacle

For us, this week it’s Croup. The nasty Croup bug has hit our house and my youngest is feeling pretty bad. I had not planned for Croup. Although it doesn’t really affect my eating schedule, it does affect my workout/couch to 5K training and it’s really putting a damper on my resolution goals.

I’m having a hard time just typing this sentence with a fussy toddler (very literally) on my back.

It’s pretty challenging to get some writing done (because I do my best in the morning when I’m awake and alert- as opposed to bedtime when I’m ready to doze off along with the kids). I had already come to accept the fact that I should forget about escaping to the treadmill for 30 minutes- because he simply won’t allow it today (and quite frankly, it’s a struggle on normal days, too). Even nap time will be a dreaded time for me, as sleep is not coming easy to my poor little one, and monitoring his breathing has become an obsession. Maybe I just don’t multi-task well…

Then I remembered that I have YOU counting on me. I’ve thrown out all these promises to keep YOU on track for your New Years Resolution, and I would end up being just one big hypocrite if I quit, myself. I decided to hold myself accountable by announcing my plans to the world, so I can’t let you down.

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Having a Support System

I know that giving up isn’t an option, and even though this Croup nightmare was unplanned (because who ever expects Croup?), I’ll need to make alternate plans to get over this bump. This is where having a support system comes in. In a way, my audience is a support for me because I feel like you’re counting on me NOT to fail. Sure, it comes with a little pressure, but this is good because it’s causing me to do something about it. I can’t stress enough how important it is to have others there to help/motivate you on your journey! Even though we didn’t exactly plan for Croup, I have people in my corner to help fight it- and that’s part of adequate planning… planning for the unknown.

Having a support system is invaluable, if not necessary, to achieving your goals. If you’ve thought up to here that you were fine doing it on your own, think again. I encourage you to let someone you can count on, know what you are doing and have them be prepared to support you in case you need it. Remember: Your goal is your PRIORITY right now.

Now while you guys can’t exactly help me with the toddler on my back, the motivation I get to keep going is something you’ve already gifted to me. As far as the physical support- this is where my wonderful husband comes in. He is always there to support me in my goals- (and actually, he’s where I get most of my motivation from). So he’ll be there to watch my little one so I can get some much needed time on the treadmill. He’ll also be there to take care of the others, in the event I need to take more time to work on other things (like, ahem, this blog…).

How I Can Support You…

I know that working towards a goal isn’t always easy, but I’m here to support you if you need it. Obviously, I can’t be there physically, but I can provide the same support you’ve provided me- moral. So I’ll be checking in periodically to see how you’re doing.

If you need more encouragement/motivation- I’d love to help with that! Feel free to send me a message here.

If you haven’t already checked it out, I urge you to head over to my Resolution Challenge Board on Pinterest. There is a wealth of great information in there- from diet to exercise, money saving tips, and miscellaneous soul-healing tips to help you to achieve your goals in 2017.

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If you’re still rockin’ it, what kind of changes did you implement over the last three weeks? Let us know what’s working for you!

If you’re lost motivation, why? What will help to get you motivated again?

If you’re just getting started, GOOD! Now is always a better time than never and I’d love to hear about your goals and progress! Check out these posts to get you started/motivated: Resolution Challenge, Planning, Losing Traction.

Pamela is a Freelance Writer, Blogger, WAHM of 3, and Veteran Military Wife living in Southwest Texas. Raised in the Northeast and having lived a few years in the Pacific Northwest, she likes to write about mom life, parenting, frugal living, experiences, and WINE. (Lots of wine!) When she’s not busy chasing toddlers around, you can find her on the blog or on social media. Check her out on Instagram:

4 thoughts on “The Resolution Challenge: Overcoming Obstacles”

  • Great post! It’s so easy to let unexpected events push us off track in an instant. You can do this mama. Can you look at your workout goals as “me time” or “self-love” time? That seems to help me. Good luck with the Croup! 😔
    So far, knock on wood, I have been able to keep my goals on track. I wanted to get back into a regular yoga routine so I’m following Yoga With Adriene’s 31 Day Yoga Revolution. I’ve definitely tried to talk myself out of it but I remind myself how much better I feel afterwards. Self-love.
    I recently spoke on my blog about how we’re trying to get over a big financial struggle. So we’re on a #yearofno journey. I have to admit I’ve found myself getting angry at this a couple of times when I can’t buy a cup of coffee but I remind myself of the end goal.
    Let’s keep each other accountable! 😆😚

  • Thanks so much! You’re right- I should look at it as “me-time”. I’m going on 8 years where I haven’t had a lot of that. LOL Ooooo I’m interested in this Adriene’s 31 Day Yoga Revolution. I’m so much more of a yoga person, but I’ve tried 21 day fix- mainly because I kept thinking to myself, “21 days?! That’s only 3 Saturdays!” Thinking of it that wayside it much more achievable. We’re also trying not to spend over here- we’ve done ok with that. Now if we can just keep me out of the wine aisle…

  • Having a support system is so important!! I’m glad you got the help you needed. As far as getting fit, just start off slow- 30 minutes on the treadmill daily is perfect. Start by walking then make your way up to running. You’ll be surprised how fast it all comes off!!

    • Hey Kari! That’s exactly what I intend to do! One thing that helps to keep me on the treadmill is watching a show/series or listening to podcasts… otherwise I end up peeking at the time and calorie count too much. LOL

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