Learning How to Fail
Tuesday, July 02, 2013
June was not as impressive as I had hoped it would be. I only lost 2.6 pounds. My nutrition was a bit spotty. My focus was diluted. But I learned a very important lesson. I learned how to fail.
Not every month is going to gleam with success. Not every month will result in a perfect 8 pound loss. Not every month will be easy.
But I'm meeting July with a renewed resolve. I've learned that the only way to truly fail is to give up. And I certainly haven't done that. I'm very close to some major milestones.
Learning how to fail -- with grace, with optimism, with renewed commitment -- is not the same thing as giving yourself permission to fail. On the contrary, I'm throwing my heart and soul into seeing better results in July. But it's okay that June wasn't perfect. I don't need to carry that with me into July. I can let it go. I can move on.
In the past, a rocky month would have been the beginning of the end of my healthy lifestyle. But I don't feel that way at all. I wouldn't know where to begin if I did go "back" to my old ways (maybe with a pain au chocolat or some Thai take out?).
It isn't a matter of all or nothing. The only real failure lies in complete defeat.