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Saturday, March 09, 2013

Accountability. The image that calls up makes me sort of squirm, but being accountable is ultimately what life is all about, I think, so here I am.

When I decided to change my habit of evening eating - the one that was making all the day's good choices almost moot - I promised to report back here each week. The first week was glorious, the second one - this week - less so...but actually I think I learned MUCH more from this "bad" week than I did from the first good one.

I've already blogged the "slip" - the "Flat on my face" one - so I won't belabor all that. I did get back on the horse, as friends here counseled, and finished the week well. I learned more of the "little bits add up" to counter my all or nothing philosophy. For me that's huge.

So I'm starting week 3 of this 4-week self challenge, a few bandages, a few bruises, but a big goofy smile on my face and ready for more learning! Thank you for all your help, everyone - you guys are amazing.

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    so sounds like me 99% of my diet life.
    This time has been different.
    Making sure to have variety of "legal" treats that I can have.
    Tonight I sliced up about 10 strawberries, folded into Lite Coolwhip
    & added few drops of coconut extract. I can't tell you what a yummy
    treat and had 35 calories!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1324 days ago
  • SISSIE21
    You are doing so well! emoticon Evening eating is one of the most difficult habits to break!
    I agree that we actually learn more from our 'slip ups'. I am also a super 'black and white' thinker and it has been my downfall many times in more areas than just weight loss. Now I look at this journey as a road or a path, and sometimes I sort of go off the road to the side and sometimes I take a little rest when it just gets too much, but ultimately I just get back up and start walking again! emoticon
    If I am feeling discouraged, I visual myself looking back along this road I've been travelling on and no matter what has happened, I'm still further along the path than I was days, weeks or months ago. emoticon
    For some crazy reason, picturing this makes it easier to deal with any little 'slip up', because I'm not failing, I'm still heading in the right direction.

    Good luck with your challenge! I love reading about your progress! And you know, you can do anything you set your mind to. Oh yes we can!!! emoticon
    1325 days ago
    Good for you for your positive and forward thinking attitude!
    I love your determination to follow through!
    1325 days ago
    Water, tea, bubble bath and lots of bagged up veggie portions all help me - when I feel like being helped, that is... and like Annie says, "it's a bad day, not a bad life" (ior something like that) we can change it...
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    1325 days ago

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    1325 days ago
    We all have ups and downs. The secret is don't give up and keep getting back on track.
    1325 days ago
    Seems like this is "accountability weekend" emoticon

    I know you will be do I know? Because we are both wearing the same big goofy smile emoticon

    1325 days ago
    Yeah! You're going to make it all the way.
    1326 days ago
    Great tool, accountability. Sounds like you've really made some improvement in knocking out this habit. Way to go, keep it up! You are rocking!
    1326 days ago
    Yay for big goofy smiles and being ready to learn! As a teacher, you know that being ready to learn is key. It is hard to fight those old habits, but when we face it with our support system in place and a teachable attitude, we set ourselves up for success! It is when we let our perfectionism or all or nothing kind of mindset get in the way that we fall flat on our faces! (We both got to experience that this week!!!)

    You are doing great and I am so glad that you are part of my support system on this journey to health! Thanks, SparkFriend!

    1326 days ago
    For those of us who struggle with our evening behavior, thank you for posting your blog. It's wonderful to know that there are a lot of us who are working on the same issue. Sometimes we get so wrapped up in our own battle that we forget to look around and realize we are not in the boat alone.

    emoticon Together, we will improve ourselves and we'll make it on this journey.

    Thanks so much for being the blessing that you are ... to yourself and to us!
    1326 days ago
  • --DEA--
    Today when I was looking for an inspirational quote to put on my page I found this one: “No matter how many mistakes you make or how slow your progress, you are still way ahead of everyone who isn’t trying.” – Tony Robbins....I think it's a perfect amount of motivation and comfort in it.

    Congrats on all the time already invested in changing your habits, just keep doing your thing and you will reach your goals sooner than you think. emoticon
    1326 days ago
    I was hungry last night. I took a sleeping pill and it helped me. It was an herbal one. I've heard water also helps. Good luck.
    1326 days ago
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