Setbacks are a part of the journey.

Stay the course. Setbacks are a part of the journey. | emilylevenson.com

Whether you like it or not, setbacks are a part of the journey. You can let them derail you and cause you to give up. OR, you can learn from them and correct course.

When I came up against a major setback in how I was feeling, I chose to dig a little deeper and understand why things had stalled out.

A few days ago, I stopped feeling so great AND my sugar cravings (you know, the ones I talked about being 100% gone) started to creep back in.  I was having a lot of indigestion, intense stomach pains, bloating like crazing, and an uncomfortable tightness underneath my ribs. I also started to gain back some weight.

A closer look at what I was eating and when revealed that the discomfort was being triggered by onions, balsamic vinegar, almond butter, fruit sugars (even in extreme moderation), and macadamia nuts.

As soon as I knew better, I did better.

A few days later, I also started to feel better.

I’m officially back on track and feeling good — indigestion, bloating, and tightness under my ribs are gone. I’ve also started to lose weight again. All signs that I’m on the right path.

This experience has been a powerful reminder that setbacks are a part of the process. Also, setbacks do not discriminate. Everyone experiences setbacks along the way. It’s how we deal with them that matters most.

Have you experienced setbacks when making a big change? How did you deal with it?

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Emily Levenson is learning to trust her gut all over again. She is committed to listening to AND following the nuggets of wisdom her gut has been dishing out for decades. You can follow Emily's journey here on the blog, through the Nourish + Flourish podcast, and through her posts on Instagram.

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