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Forgiving Myself

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Another excerpt from my personal journal...

Something else that has been on my mind today is approaching this from the standpoint of forgiveness. In the past, it has been too easy to just throw in the towel after one small mistake.

"I ate a piece of cake. I've obviously blown this whole day. I might as well just give up and eat all these other goodies that are tempting me. Then I'll start over tomorrow." But then "tomorrow" becomes "next week" or "next month" or "New Year's resolution."

On the other hand, having a mindset of forgiveness means being able to forgive myself. "I ate a piece of cake. It was a momentary lapse. I'm not perfect, and I won't get through this journey without EVER making a mistake. This is a marathon, not a quick walk around the block. When I trip up, it doesn't matter that I stumbled. What matters is that I forgave myself, got back up, and kept going."

If I make a mistake, it's not an excuse to throw my hands up in the air and intentionally make some MORE mistakes. Instead, it's an opportunity to learn what doesn't work for me and to use that to steer myself in the right direction.

I don't have to do everything right. I just have to keep trying to do things right. And when I fall short, I just need to forgive myself and try again.
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RENATA144 3/1/2014 12:04AM

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FREEDSPIRIT 12/29/2013 2:12AM

    Thanks, Pam!

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PAMAPPLE 12/28/2013 12:24AM

    Great blog! You express yourself so well and motivate me to keep me moving in the right direction.

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PAMAPPLE 12/28/2013 12:22AM

    Great blog! You express yourself so well and motivate me to keep me moving in the right direction.

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FREEDSPIRIT 12/23/2013 4:27AM

    Lol Renae, thanks for reading all my blog posts, even the old ones! :)

Zombies is going well. I just finished the first week of workouts. The first week is a 10 minute walk, then 1 min walk/15 sec jog (repeated 10 times), then a 10 minute "free-form run" which I still mostly walk. I'll be starting week 2 before work tonight. I'll keep you posted!

Tammie

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RRUDEPARANORMAL 12/22/2013 11:34PM

    More wisdom. It sounds like you're ready to be gentle with yourself. Maybe that's the key to achieving lasting change.

So how's Zombies, Run! going?

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111BUTTERFLY111 12/21/2013 2:27PM

    Beautiful! emoticon

When I was a Weight Watcher's leader, I'd tell my members that when we eat something off plan, it's like falling down the steps. We never get up, brush ourselves off and say, "Gee, I tripped, fell down some steps, I should throw myself down the rest of them!" We get up, brush ourselves off, check for injuries, and ways not to let that happen again. That's the same way we should manage ventures away from our eating plans.

This is truly a journey, not a destination!

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GLITTERYKRUNKLE 12/21/2013 11:51AM

    Awesome attitude! Keep it up. It's also a nice reminder for me. Thanks for sharing!

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