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Progress not perfection

Wednesday, June 05, 2013

I was just reading some of my past blogs and though I have not hit the goals I had set, I have made progress. I have been losing about 1 pounds a week every week for about 3 months now . . . I make healthier food choices most of the time . . . and I drink plenty of good old fashioned water.

In the past missing the goals would have sent me into a tailspin and I would have binged and given up - - - but that is not how I responded today - - - today I choose to look at the positive changes that I have made and see the progress that has taken place and to continue in the healthy patterns that I have started to establish.

I have often given up because I was not able to follow a program perfectly but today I chose progress over perfection!

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

JTAMSYN 9/10/2013 11:38AM

    That's great! Even just 1lb a month is progress in the right direction but you're losing 4lbs a month which is wonderful! That would be 52 lbs in a year, which is an amazing accomplishment! Small changes make a lot difference and helps you to make it a permanent lifestyle change. Don't downplay your great accomplishments!
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SOULFULLORI 9/10/2013 8:00AM

    You are doing awesome! If you gained a pound every week for 3 months that would not be awesome...LOL! Bravo! Thanks for friending me.

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BETHYSMAMA 6/6/2013 10:39AM

    Keep it up. Its a great thing to remember.

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BRANDIW7 6/5/2013 11:29AM

    You are doing great! emoticon

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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

I feel like I have to repeat this over and over in my mind. This journey is not a sprint and I don't think I want it to be. I know in the past I have wished that I could just wake up with the body of my dreams - but I think I would miss out on a lot of important life lessons along the way if that happened.

I used to believe that losing weight would make me more outgoing - but guess what without losing an ounce I started becoming more involved in the community and became more outgoing. The weight loss may help my energy level and increase the amount of activities I can participate in, but it will not magically make me more outgoing.

I used to believe that if I were thin, I would want to exercise more and magically become more active - but if I lost the weight without exercise, why would I suddenly want to start? I am learning to like exercise now - because of how it makes me feel and what it does for my body - I honestly believe that a "magically thin me" would be just as lazy as the overweight me if exercise were not required to lose the weight.

I am learning to embrace the fact that this is an important journey and that along the way I may learn to love healthy eating, enjoy perhaps even crave exercise, become more active and outgoing but these are "side effects of the journey" not of the weight loss itself. Without the journey only the outside would change and that is not the change I want . . . I want the confidence, positive self-image, and compassion for others that comes through pressing through the hard times.

I may need to be reminded of this later - but for now I am trying to embrace the journey!

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NANCYPAT1 8/15/2012 5:49PM

    Your comments about the journey are really important - just because we lose weight does not make us someone we are NOT, it may make it easier to relax and be who we are and it might be easier to do some things or to go some places, but it really doesn't change us but the JOURNEY can really change us and help us grow into the wonderful people we were destined to become. Embrace your journey and you will be pleasantly surprised at what may unfold.

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Time Wasters

Monday, August 13, 2012

While I am sure that I waste time every day, I am having a hard time thinking of those ways right now. I think my biggest time waster is that I do not have a schedule/plan that I stick to and so I spend time coming up with a new plan for the day each day. I need to add more structure to my day. I also love looking up new exercises/recipies, etc. and tend to waste a lot of time doing that instead of actually cooking/eating the healthy meals. I'm sure I will think of more as the day progresses but for now I have other areas that need my time. I need to become more efficient in using SP as well so that it does not become a "time waster" instead of a helpful tool - but I am learning more about how to do this each day and soon I am sure I will be a pro at using all the built in shortcuts for the tracker, etc.