Friday, February 22, 2013
"Nothing in the world can take the place of Persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan 'Press On' has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race." Calvin Coolidge
Last night I was ready to throw in the towel, just a bit. I binged again and was feeling really frustrated with myself. I was also feeling like it just isn't the time in my life where I can pay attention to my eating habits with great attention.
But I woke up early to exercise, as I do everyday. And part of my morning ritual is to read soothing books. My current book is "The 10 Things to Do When Your Life Falls Apart" by Daphne Rose Kingma. The chapter for today was all about persistence and I took it as a very good sign that I needed to get back to trusting in my journey and forging ahead.
As I worked out, I listened to the next podcast by Renee Stephens and in it she talked about the fact that we all want progress to be linear, a straight line going up, very quickly. I know that's true for me. I want to be my best self immediately, my binging to be a thing of the past, and this weight off immediately. But, she explains, progress is a wavy line, going up and down and up and down, gradually working its way up. The key is to enjoy the ride, and forge ahead. Again I took this podcast as yet another good sign that I can do this, that it's just a matter of being patient with myself and kind to myself and moving forward.
So today I will get right back to doing what I keep waking up and doing. I will track my meals, I will remind myself of Geneen Roth's eating strategies and Renee Stephens' IOWL strategies, and I will do my best on this wavy path.