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Sunday, June 09, 2013

Like most of you, this is not my first attempt at losing weight. Far, far from it.

I cannot count all of the times, but I do remember them with great detail. I remember the hope I felt each time I embarked on a new plan and how I would tell myself (like most repeat dieters do) that "This time will be different"

After you give up so many times, it starts to feel like each failure becomes a part you. It becomes baggage that you must carry into the next attempt. -Like you're a sports team that is going into the next game with a record of 0-20. It's hard for you to feel confident that this time you really will come out on top.

With that being said, I have had quite a few positive revelations this past week that I think are worth sharing.

As you may or may not know, I have just completed Week 1 of this plan and am down nearly 10 pounds. emoticon

I have lost this same weight again and again, but this time really did feel different. When I thought about, all of those times I gave up were not in vain and I need to stop seeing it that way. They were not failures, but rather learning experiences.

I mean, any variation of diet & exercise will give you results, but each of us has to find out, through a series of trial and error, what works best for us, and will keep us motivated.

For me, I have learned enough about myself to know that my negative attitude and obsessive behavior isn't going to cut it if I want to be successful. I have always been hard on myself and if this time is really going to be different. That needs to change and I need to learn to cut myself some slack.

I think I was able to do that this past week. -For the first time ever! What amazes me is that there were a few nights I binged on snacks late at night...I went out for food and drinks both Friday & Saturday night with friends...(so definite room for improvement) -but I still lost the same amount of weight I would have had I stuck to a strict diet and deprived myself.

The old Stephanie would have beat myself up and thought "You're off the wagon!!! You Failure!!!" -but instead I think "Wow, I sure did bust my butt at the gym this week"

Lessons learned in Week 1:

-You can't fail if you don't give up
-Leave room in your plan for life, your plan is NOT your life
-Staying at the gym an extra 30-60 minutes, not only makes me feel good about myself, but it also frees up time for me the next day to do as I please, and still be on track. (Don't know why I've never done this before!)

I leave you now with an oldie, but a goodie.

"I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work." -Thomas Edison emoticon
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    Very Inspirational! I tend to beat myself up as well when Life happens. Thank you for sharing yet another wonderful lesson. emoticon
    1744 days ago
    I love your attitude! That's where the real change lies! Woot!
    1745 days ago
    emoticon on your awesome weight loss this week but an even bigger congrats on learning what works for you!
    1745 days ago
    Awesome attitude, and great job this week! I have all of these "failure" issues myself, and I have been working on changing the negative self-talk. I really like your affirmation: "You can't fail if you don't give up". I'm so going to steal that one!

    Some of my issues are perfection based, like " I didn't exercise at all today, so I am a failure", and it really helped me to make smaller, do-able goals every day instead of Herculean workouts and obsessing about every calorie. Baby steps.
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