You can't win every battle, but you CAN win the war!

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

So I'll tell you what my best weapon has been in the war on fat. It's not counting calories, eating vegetables or exercising regularly. Those things are super important, don't get me wrong. But the best thing I ever did for myself is to let go of guilt and panic. I'm not always good at doing that but I focus really hard on it! I've gained 5 pounds this summer due to lack of exercise and just being lazy and eating bad. It's my fault, I know it is. But I also am NOT beating myself up over it, I don't feel one bit of guilt over it and I KNOW I can get back on track and keep going to my goal. I won't let myself panic when the scale goes up a pound or two nor will I tell myself "that's it! you are never eating cake again!" If I binge on 3000 calories one day then oh well. If I skip a work out one day then I just get it done the next day. It's done and over with so what is useful about beating myself up and getting all depressed? I'll tell ya NOTHING is useful about that. You can not win every battle, you just can't. So accept that you're occasionally going to have a mini binge, or a mega binge! And move on. I'm sure I've posted blogs about this topic before, but it's worth repeating because in my opinion it's the single most important thing I've done for my health. Allowed me to lose 30 pounds (35 before I gained 5 back! LOL!) and keep that 30 pounds off for over a year now. I stopped getting depressed when the weight didn't come off fast enough or I didn't reach a certain "goal" by a certain major event date. It never did me any good to get all depressed about my weight loss. And many times over getting all depressed and feeling defeated led me right back to where I started. And starting over from the beginning REALLY sucks! So do yourself a favor and be kind to yourself. Show yourself some love. Try to focus on what you did right instead of what you did wrong. And when you have a bad day put it behind you as fast as you can and keep on going because you WILL reach your goal! It just takes time and patience.
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  • MARIAB125
    I can so identify with this blog. My toughest problem, is beating myself up so much. Thanks for the great advice. emoticon
    2581 days ago
    I could not agree more. We have our whole lifetime to work at being healthy and fit. It's all about our choices and we just can't quit!!!

    I'm with you girlfriend!!! Love, Jan emoticon
    2774 days ago
    nice blog! Good realization, and well written!
    2776 days ago
    I really enjoyed this. I appreciate being realistic with our goals. Keep this healthy attitude. Great job.
    2782 days ago
    Well said! Stressing and being hard on yourself over food and exercise is not going to solve the problem and sometimes only makes it worse. Really in the great scheme of things, 5 pounds isn't much and knowing you, it will be gone in no time! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2782 days ago
    You have such a great attitude! It is so important to let go of things that are past - I need to remember to do that more proactively. emoticon
    2782 days ago
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