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Be kind to yourself & focus on progress

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

You've probably heard this or something like it before: If a friend falls behind or trips, you would help her or him catch up and get up; you wouldn't be mean. Be as kind to yourself on your journey as you would be to a friend. Treat yourself with compassion and respect. Give yourself time to adapt to your healthier new lifestyle. Be a good friend to you.

It can be challenging in our culture of impatience to not see immediate transformation. In the short time since joining SP, I'm learning to be more patient and to make small changes even if it means taking longer to achieve the ultimate goal. When I've suffered dietary indiscretion, too much salt, or inactivity, I think of why I joined SP, I get back on track, and postpone weighing in for a day or two. It all works out in the long run. Two pounds weight loss or a half-inch decrease in waistline measurement over a month still moves me forward. Even the tortoise crossed the finish line.

There's a SparkPeople motivational article that advises reversing the old saying "one step forward, two steps back" to "two steps back, one step forward." It's progress no matter how you word it, but focusing on the positive feels better and reminds us that we ARE moving toward our goals.
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