After having lost 115lbs over the course of 4 years, I have learned that when you fall you must get back up and go forward no matter what you feel. Many people don't get that and they quit before they learn through experience that such short term perceived set backs are really no big deal in the light of the big picture. I also learned that weight loss is not a consistent experience. My loss was more like the ups and downs of an amusement park but over the course of a year you could see the results.. Case in point, I lost about 20 lbs between January and March and have not lost an ounce since. I could panic and rip my hair out or I could run the calculations and come up with a little less than a 1/2 pound per week over the course of a year.
"Nutritional status is influenced by intake over a relatively long period of time.
Short term dietary inadequacies or excesses will minimally influence long term
status," NSCA Essentials Of Personal Training pg. 137, a training manual
published by the National Strength and Conditioning Association for personal
Translated into English...you are what you repeatedly do. A
short-term "indiscretion" or dietary misstep does minimal damage if you pick
yourself up and get back on the horse. If you wallow in a binge-induced mental
meltdown, the damage it does to your motivation and momentum is far worse than
what the calories could have ever done.
The 80/20 Rule applies. If you are 80% consistent, dropping the ball 20% of the
time isn't going to amount to much over the long haul. If you do make a misstep,
try to learn from the experience. Wisdom is what we gain when we pick ourselves
back up again.
Even in a perceived failure, there is some good.
The discouragement of letting myself down has been a companion on my journey,
but it is what I have done over the long haul that has brought me here. You are
what you repeatedly do, not the sum total of one bad decision.
Action always comes before feeling. you must learn to act in spite of how you feel not because of it. Once your actions are in line with your goals, the feelings (what people confuse with motivation) will come.
Edited by: ON2VICTORY at: 12/23/2012 (20:35)
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