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Try a little Ajax.

Sunday, May 04, 2008

I must have been 11 or 12 yrs old and was sneaking a peek, at one of my Mother's magazines, when I read a piece of advice that has stayed with me ever since.
It was about a mother who was at her wits end, about how to get her teenage daughter to clean up her room and keep it tidy.
According to this mother, she had tried everything, and was at her wits end about what next to do.
Her teenage daughter was having non of it, and was quite happy the way her room is kept, or shall we say not kept, and did not care for her mother's concerns.
Things were at an impasse, and the mother was trying a last ditch effort to see how things could be improved.
After a lot of good advice about effective strategy et al. The agony aunt suggested something that has stuck with me ever since. She suggested that the mother "Try a little love, and the daughter should try a little Ajax"

Which leads me to the title of this blog entry. The last four weeks have been quite a challenging one, vis-a-vis my healthy eating and weight loss journey. It all started when I went to see friends I had not seen in a while, and was complimented on my weight loss by my friends.
I then decided to take liberties, and had a lot of days when I thought I will get back on track tomorrow.
One day became two, and I despaired with each day I was unable to keep my get back on track resolve.
The sad part was, this took its toll on my confidence in my ability, to stay the course and achieve my goal.

With each day I rationalised eating off plan, I despaired that I may never achieve my dream of being a healthy weight, Plus all the other ancillary dreams that went with achieving that goal.
I am lucky, I have a spark buddy, Bev, and she gave me a good kick in the glutes, and that seemed to do the magic

On the 1st of May I got back on track again, and have been doing well.
I was surprised to see, whilst looking at my weight loss chart for that 4week block, I was able to lose 9lbs, despite of my many many transgressions.

It appears my body is of the mindset that, so long as I do not quit, and I continue to give it something to work with, It will show me results.
It may not be perfection, but it will be nearer very good, and possibly excellent, than what my worst fears had lead me to expect.

This has been a good lesson for me, on why I should do all I can, to get off the 'all or nothing' way of looking at my weight loss journey.
It has been the hill, on which my battle to be a healthy weight, died.
It has been the sword of domocles, that is forever threatening to obliterate all my efforts, at being a normal healthy weight.
I know this journey should never be about perfection.
I know as a human being, I am subject to human responses to situations. Never straying off my eating plan, is never part of being human.

Today, I learned that my body who I have come to sometimes treat as an adversary, with whom I am in a state of negotiated peace, will lovingly do its best for me. Even when I throw it scraps, it will still make me something worth going ga ga for.
from the 3rd April-4th May. I still managed to lose 9lbs, despite my many many transgressions both with over eating and not working out.

Like my blog title here, its about compromise sometimes. Its not about being perfect 100% of the time.

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    Oh my, this is so appropriate for my own attitude. I have always had a problem with perfectionism. . . and unfortunately it runs in my family too. None of us are ever happy with our results. We all reach for some unattainable goal and are never happy with anything less. Perfection only rests with God. I guess we aren't convinced of that. Some of us have even gone to the extreme of not trying because we know we will fail. So we remain in the 'perfect state' of doing nothing.
    Bravo for you for hitting the nail on the head! Its the journey that counts. emoticon
    3878 days ago
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