You Haven't Failed!
Sunday, November 14, 2010
One of our Over 70 Team wrote a blog and seemed quite discouraged—but she's keeping on working towards her goal! I'm really proud of her. I wanted to share what I wrote to her in a comment to her blog, because it applies to so very many of us. Here it is:
"I imagine we've all been there, done that. I know that at least I have. But you haven't failed. "Diets" have failed you. They shouldn't put such restrictions on us that it sets us up to fail..... Break your [goals] into small pieces..... Maybe you start with only 2 glasses of water a day. Maybe you start with walking 5 minutes, just around your yard. Plan evening snacking and add it into a day's calorie goal. F'rinstance, in the evening I love an apple with almonds. Great combination! But I need to plan into my day that I AM GOING TO DO THAT and avoid eating that second helping, or cleaning my plate at the restaurant, because I WANT my snack at night!
"I admire you for not giving up. Discouragement is normal. Giving up is a choice. And just so you know -- I'm in the same boat you are. These words are as much for my edification as for yours!
"You can do it! t isn't easy, but it's worth it! "
I have contemplated that encouragement, as if someone else had told it to me, and realize that in spite of my own discouragement, giving up is a choice—and it is not a choice I want to live with. I appreciate her blog! I'm glad she made me stop and think about it.