When I don't reach a goal, I try to understand why. Then, rather than beating myself up over my "failure", I start again at the next meal, or opportunity for exercise. It's all about loving myself & resetting my focus. Punishing myself if I "fail" only leads to frustration & throwing in the towel.
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My secret to success would definitely learning how to forgive myself. I am perfectionist and when I would fall down I would continue to beat myself about all of my failures. My success had been on those bad days when instead of beating myself up I actually look back at all the GOOD things I have done and accomplished. Mind over matter. No one is perfect so let yourself off the hook!
I have been learning to forgive myself for slip ups. After losing more than 100 pounds three years ago and gaining all of it back, I was totally discouraged. I have decided to forgive myself and not start a diet but a healthy lifestyle. I am starting back with small changes like writing in a journal and small increments of exercise and tracking what I eat. When I do "mess up", I write it down and go on from there.
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