Certainly the goals of the challenge were NOT to elicit shame, but rather create teaching tools from which we can all learn.
Perhaps the lesson here is that it is difficult to establish and practice new habits when we are very busy with work, family obligations, illness, vacations and so on. That is why starting small and building good habits up slowly are important.
I would encourage any little, tiny change a step toward improvement. Congratulate yourself for getting in a few minutes of exercise or one more glass of water than you had yesterday. Give yourself a pat on the back for choosing the salad and not the fries. Whoop it up if you picked water and not soda pop.
Me? I'm doing the happy dance because the brand new digital scale (purchased this past winter) is out of the box, on the kitchen counter, and has been properly used THREE times since this challenge began.
I lived to tell about it after thinking measuring my food might actually kill me!
"You cannot accept another with a hateful heart. You cannot hear the other with a closed mind. You cannot embrace with closed arms. You cannot shake hands with a clenched fist."
--Indira Priyadarshini Gandhi
| current weight: 153.0