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Mistakes and negative thinking

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Sparkcoach always gives me something interesting to contemplate. Today I was asked to blog about the last time I made a mistake in my diet/exercise plan and how I responded/reacted to it.

Having read Judith Beck's "Beck Diet Solution" I know that how we respond to these mistakes - often trivial in the context of our weight-loss journey overall - can really determine our long-term success. For example, a few days ago, I snacked a little bit too much and when I tracked it, I found that I had gone over my calorie range by 2 or 3 calories. Well, I am not proud to say that I used that incident as an excuse to eat a whole lot more and not track it. But what I am proud of is that I got back on track the next day and did not decide that I had failed at my diet. As a result, I am still on program and am very close to losing my first 10 pounds!

If I can find a positive way to learn from my mistakes, they can actually be teachers on my journey. Thanks for reading me!
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    I have learned, similar to what you said, to not beat myself up over small or even large mistakes. We all make them, especially on our weight loss journey! But the beauty of weight loss is, even though we often times get off track, or even take a step out of bounds, we can get back on track and learn a lesson. Great job! I will be cheering you on to lose your first ten pounds. You can do it! Just remember to take one day, one week at a time. Weight loss is a learning process, a lifestyle change, and at times it's hard. BUT, the payoff is SO worth the journey! Good luck!
    1380 days ago
    emoticon Learning from our mistakes instead of beating ourselves up and giving up is one of the best things we can do on our Spark journey! Good for you for learning from your mistakes!! After all, we are all fallible! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1380 days ago
    Great blog - thanks for sharing -
    1380 days ago
    An excellent response to a bump in the road. Great blog! and way to go in closing in on that first 10 pounds!
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    1380 days ago
    Learning from our mistakes sometimes give us the best lessons! Great blog!
    1380 days ago
    emoticon It's those kinds of lessons that get us to goal!!! I'm sooooo happy for you!
    1380 days ago
    Great attitude!
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