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Post Thanksgiving forgiveness

Saturday, November 24, 2012

You may have not done as well as you had hoped during this Thanksgiving holiday.
Maybe you did great with Thanksgiving dinner but the Friday leftovers got the best of you. Sometimes, it can be easy to automatically beat yourself up but take a deep breath and follow the steps listed below:

Step 1: Remember that everyone makes mistakes. If this voyage to health was about perfection, we would all have failed a long time ago. This is a continual learning process & even our mistakes teach us lessons. :)

Step 2: Keep in mind that one day or even a couple of days will not ruin the rest of your progress. You have come far & you can continue to go the distance! Maybe you don't feel like you have made a lot of progress but there are a lot of ways to measure progress, not just by numbers on the scale. Having more energy, less stress, sleeping better, and having the desire to change in the first place are all forms of progress. Instead of focusing on what you SHOULD have done and where you NEED to be, focus on the kind of progress you HAVE made and how that will HELP you get to where you are going.

Step 3: Use step 1 and step 2 to help you forgive yourself. There is no need to hold on to mistakes and turn them into negative energy. Negative thinking will lead you away from reaching your goals, not help you achieve what it is you have set out to do. The most positive thing you can do is take a deep breath and move on. You may be struggling and find this harder to do esp. if you are recovering from an eating disorder. First, you should be so proud of yourself for working toward improving your life. Make a list of healthy ways you can cope with your emotions. It may help you feel less tempted to turn to unhealthy habits.

Step 4: If you are trying to move on and are or having a difficult time, remind yourself of your goals or set new ones. Recharge your energy. Find a new exercise you like or try a new healthy recipe! Maybe even update your spark page with colors that pop. :)

If you were really looking forward to doing well on a holiday, don't worry. There is still plenty of time to prepare for Christmas or whatever holiday you may celebrate in the coming month.

A shout out and credit goes to Msmostimproved
for this blog request & idea.
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  • DEBBY4576
    Once again, you are gifted with deep and motivating thoughts in your head. We are grateful that you put them on paper. Thank you.
    1944 days ago
    I just want to curl up in this blog and start anew! I'm taking a play from this book and shaking this one off- this weekend was not good. I didn't plan to be particularly good but boy oh boy I hadn't plan to be so bad. It's amazing how easy we can fall into old bad habits. I'm sticking this blog on my motivation board! You are so awesome! I knew I'd feel better after this visit. Your blogs are always right on point !! emoticon
    1944 days ago
    Excellent blog and very motivating. Just the thing to help me get back on track!
    Thanks for sharing.
    1945 days ago
    Very nice, thank you for posting this! I looked at the concept of forgiving myself a short time ago; once I could wrap my arms around it (and me!) life got a lot brighter!

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    1945 days ago
    Good words to live by. Forgive and move on. Why spoil any enjoyment you might have had from a treat by punishing yourself later. You enjoyed it now back to the healthy routine. Thanks for the good advice. emoticon
    1945 days ago
    Perfection is failing at being normal.

    Good blog!
    1945 days ago

    Lovely, and so very true.
    I remember so many times in the past where I thought that if I just said terrible things to myself all day long and hated myself ENOUGH, that I would lose weight. It never happened. As I forgive others, as well as myself, it has freed up something in me that says, "you are worth doing this for". Self love is an inside job.
    1945 days ago
    Your words really encouraged me this morning as I continue on my journey. Best wishes to you! emoticon
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    1945 days ago

    Thoughtful thoughts and words - thanks.
    1945 days ago
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