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Practice makes perfect.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

I have been thinking a lot about long term maintenance lately. I am technically 3 years in, but really, I myself count it as 5.

Why 5? Well, that is when things "clicked" for me and I changed my attitude and mind set for good...for life. My Sparkpage was titled "Enough is enough" back then...and it was.

What made that time different than all of the other times before. Maybe it was maturity. Maybe it was coming to terms with past life issues. Maybe it was wanting a healthy future for my kids...the kids were new to the picture, it wasn't just about me this was about them. But those are MY reasons...

Which brings me to the thought that maybe that is what it's really about. Good reasons to finally kick it into healthy gear.

For example: It's not about getting into a dress for an event - that is superficial. It is not about being 10 pounds lighter for a reunion - again, superficial. It is not about being as thin as you were in highschool, or before you got married - again, all superficial. Call me crazy, but I have NEVER read a blog about someone losing 40 pounds JUST for a high school reunion and then keeping it off for years later. Heck, if anyone has, then please, please, speak up.

What it is really is about is being healthy...and if being thin comes as a bonus to that, then so be it!

Maybe that is what changed in my head.

Now fast forward to year 3 of maintenance. For the fist year, I tracked nutrition religiously. The second year, sporadically - on and off as needed. Entering year 3 - I have not tracked food in a while, I exercise sporadically, I watch things because I learned my limitations based on YEARS of active observation on my part. I learned how my body works. I learned the cycles of holidays. I learned the attitudes of myself and others around celebration and how to spin it to my advantage. I don't deny myself anything. I keep my healthy water drinking habit up like it's a life or death thing. This is my way, others have theirs, but this...this is mine.

By year 3, you really should know how things are. You know better. However, it doesn't mean that you will not get derailed and HAVE to go back to the basics from time to time. Knowing when to go back to the basics is the key. I still go back to the basics when I need to.

It also doesn't mean that life won't throw you a curve ball in the form of a tragedy or injury, and you won't have to deal with it. Oh, you will because this is life. How you handle that with all of your past knowledge will be what sets you apart from the rest. Forks in the road will come up, and you will have to choose...kinda like using "the Force" in Star Wars.

I introduced the kids to the old phrase "Practice Makes Perfect". It's a phrase not used to much today - I have rarely heard it from a teacher in the last 5 years....maybe it's because society knows that nothing is "perfect" and it's too much pressure for a kid. BullSh!t is what I say. Practice makes perfect for you. If it's 80%, then great, that is your perfect...but damn it, practice to your fullest potential.
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  • KANOE10
    That was a great blog. You are exactly right. Practice those healthy habits and keep them going. You really have developed a healthy life over these past years. You understand your body and have also figured out the critical celebrations in our lives.

    I also think knowing when to go back to the basics is the key to maintenance, I am learning to accept my periods of derailment and get through them.

    Congrats on your 5 years of success. That was a very inspirational blog.

    1792 days ago
    YOU ARE AMAZING!! this was SO SO good!! couldn't agree more!
    1796 days ago
    Well written as always Annie and inspiring, as usual. emoticon

    1797 days ago
    You're absolutely right Annie! When you put "health" in the weight loss equation, your chances of finding what works and following it for life automatically increase. As I've said before, vanity reasons are good but they're usually forgotten after a while because they're what you said: superficial.
    As for the quote "practice makes perfect", it's definitely right. Let's not focus on the word "perfect" but rather on the word "practice". In my country we have another quote that says "Repetition is the mother of learning." The more we practice something and the more we try to be good at it, the more we learn. And that's what it's all about.
    Great blog!
    1797 days ago
  • -AMANDA79-
    Great blog! Especially this part

    "What it is really is about is being healthy...and if being thin comes as a bonus to that, then so be it! "

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    1798 days ago
  • DALID414
    I don't hear the phrase either. I heard it all the time as a kid.
    1798 days ago
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    1798 days ago
    Does any one REALLY know what perfection is? Trying your best is basically the only practice you can do. I think the word was made to keep people down. Boils down to "I am superior to you (fill in the blank) so I am perfect and that makes you less than me, therefore you are imperfect and will NEVER be perfect. Think about this for awhile. Thanks, Annie, for giving us some food for thought.
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    1798 days ago
    Well said, we can only do so much.
    I think perfect is a hard ask, as humans we are imperfect!
    1798 days ago
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