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How to Forgive Myself

Thursday, August 30, 2012

I've messed up, but what exactly does that mean?

For the past two weeks, I've been hiding from the world, too ashamed to ask for help. While I was thinking about the things that I've done to myself to try to loose weight, I realized that I was focusing on all of the negative things that I've done. Yes, I have stuck my finger down my throat more than once. Yes, I had that piece of cake. Yes, I skipped a day of exercise.

What I've done is inexcusable, but it's also ok. I need to accept that I am going to screw up every now and then. If I focus on every bad thing that I have done, I will never have the motivation to get out of bed in the morning. Beating myself up isn't going to change my behavior. So instead of saying how horrible it is that I slipped up, I'm going to embrace every time that I am less than perfect, because those times are when I am the most amazing person that I can be.

No, I will never be a ballet dancer again, but I can still wow everyone on the dance floor. No, I haven't followed my diet to the letter this past week, but my boyfriend laughed like a hyena when I dropped my ice cream down my shirt.

I'm ok with being imperfect.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
PATTYKLAVER 8/31/2012 3:10PM

    I love your attitude. I need to work on forgiving myself and it sure is hard sometimes.

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LJJ132 8/30/2012 11:55AM

    Since the need to be perfect is what triggers the bulimia for me, letting go tends to be the best solution. I'm not condoning self induced vomiting, I'm trying to get away from the mentality that causes it. I just wanted to clarify.

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MAMAGRACE47 8/30/2012 11:39AM

    It's really ok to not be perfect - if we were, we wouldn't be at the point where we need help like we get on this site! But please try to get a handle on the self induced vomiting - this is not ok and I think you know that. There are millions of us out here to help when you need it - please lean on us...on me...when you need an encouraging word

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