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Jason Helmes @anymanfitness
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I often get asked about what to do when "life matters" happen.

Health scares.
Job changes.
Having a child.

These huge, crossroads-style events can wreak havoc on your fitness goals.
Truth be told, I'm going through one right now.

My family is in the process of moving.

We got the keys to the new house last Friday, and we're moving into the new house this upcoming Friday.

Exciting, but totally out of the norm.
And here's the thing - we have so much shit to do, that there is no WAY I will get to the gym this week.

And last week, I only got to the gym on Monday.

I had too much shit going on.

It will be a full, 2 weeks of not training.....
Add into the mix that my schedule is FUBAR, and I can't create my own meals due to that, and you have one, nasty mix.

No training.

No access to good, homemade food.

So, what's a guy (or gal) to do?
A few things here.

First, muscle gain takes a LONG time. As in, years.

And guess what?

Muscle loss works the same way.
Rome wasn't built in a day.

And it didn't crumble in a fortnight.

It took years to build, and years to take down.

Missing 2 weeks of training may cause a touch of muscle loss, but it's nothing to stress about.
I do feel "flat" right now. And that will only get worse. I'll feel loose, flabby, and just generally "unfit".

My shirt sleeves won't be tight any longer.

My midsection will feel bloated.

It comes with the territory of not training or eating properly.
But here's the thing - this isn't my first rodeo.

I've had these periods before, and I'm sure I'll have them again.

And as soon as I have a few weeks of normalcy under my belt, all will be fine.

It's not worth stressing about.
Here's my gameplan during these situations (and it's the same gameplan I give to clients going through life altering time periods):

> Stay hydrated
> Be smart with choices
> Forget specific macros, and control portions
> Try to move as much as possible
That's it. That's the entire plan.

It's simple.

But ALLOW YOURSELF some time away from the gym.

You only switch jobs, go on vacation, move, etc. a few times in a lifetime.

And nobody ever got overly fat, or lost a ton of muscle, based on a few weeks' worth of decisions.
You are the sum of EVERYTHING YOU DO, not one, single moment in time.

Rely on your identity.

My identity?

I lift hard. I eat right. And I don't stress when I can't do the first 2 things.

This is how YOU should live your life, too.
In summary:

> Crush the normal days.
> If you mess up, get back on the wagon quickly.
> If life is crazy, take a deep breath, because the craziness will pass soon.
Fitness is here to support your life.

To improve your life.

To reduce stress and give you a healthier outlook.

It's not here to control your life or make you feel like shit for missing a few workouts.

Relax, fam.

Life goes on.

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