Change as the situation requires

Chameleon improvise adapt overcome

Chameleon are famous for adapting to surroundings.

Life. She’s going to throw you curve balls. You’ll be going along. Everything’s great. Then BLAM!!! You’re forced to deal with something new. Something different.

How you adapt, and handle that diversity shows what you’re made of.

It doesn’t have to be anything as serious as a death, or loss of a job (although we could easily talk about that in our current economy).

This can be as simple as somebody forgot to pick up butter at the grocery store, and you really needed it to make dinner.

Are you going to throw a fit? Maybe jump in the car, and head to the store? You could find something else to make, or consider it an excuse to head to your favorite taco bar.

“You’re Marines now. You adapt. You overcome. You improvise. Let’s move.” Gunny Highway – Heartbreak Ridge

On a number of occasions I’ve gone to the gym, workout plan in hand. Of course all of the equipment that I needed to use for my plan is all being used.

In the old days, I’d have packed up, and came back later. Now, I’d just do other equivalent exercises.

The last time that I went to a public gym was when we went to Vegas. We stayed at the Luxor, which actually has free weights in their gym, including a squat rack (Score!). I had a little wardrobe malfunction, and had to bail.

Instead bailing on the workout, I went back to the room, changed, and did a bodyweight workout followed by LOTS of walking.

Even the way that you train can require you to make adjustments. Chris at Zen Fitness says, “I believe movement and activity is always good but sometimes we need to take it easy with things like weight lifting, running, and other intense exercise.” When you’re feeling exhausted from a workout, it’s time to adjust and back off.

When life gives you lemons, do you sit and pout? Or are you the kind of person that grabs the vodka to make lemon drops? I’m more of a lemonade kind of guy, but hey, whatever floats your boat. I’m not judging.

Photo by Baynham Goredema

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One Response to “Improvise-Adapt-Overcome”

  1. Greg says:

    Great point Todd. I often travel for work, and have taken to just pitching my running shoes and some resistance bands in my bag. You can get a lot done with just those two things… Love the “wardrobe malfunction” too. :-)

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