Do You Give Up Because You Are Not Perfect?
Saturday, October 27, 2012
I cannot count the times I have resolved to do something or not to do something, then find myself doing the opposite. This is my third time on Spark People and This time I am going on 1 1/2 years. The previous two times, I quit because I was not perfect. I messed up over and over.
I am now learning that it is not about being perfect, but being consistent in getting back on track as soon as possible when I slide off track. It is easy to make the excuse that since I messed up, I might as well go all out. I often said, "If I am going to bad, then I might as well go all the way." I have sense realized that is the wrong way to think when I catch myself doing something that will hinder me reaching my goals.
I am trying to now reset my way of thinking that when I eat things I know I should not eat because they are not health supporting to how I can fix the damage that may occur. Instead of beating myself up because I was not following my plan perfectly, I think of ways to set things right.
There have been more than one time where I declined an offer of something and replied with "I have not been eating well today, so I need to have a salad with veggies instead." Eating those greens with raw veggies always helps me get back on track because I imagine my body telling "You like me, you really like me." (misquote of Sally Field's acceptance speech - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S
ally_Field) [argh! Another my age is showing post]
This post is because of the snack attack I had last night. I found myself sneaking my eating - oh, oh. Time to snap out of that quickly. I know I am far from perfect, but I want to eat for health and it is time to move forward.
To end on a positive note: we had supper at my parents' last night. My mom made potato soup and she left out the sausage because she knew I would prefer not eating it. Thanks Mom.