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Do You Give Up Because You Are Not Perfect?

Saturday, October 27, 2012

I cannot count the times I have resolved to do something or not to do something, then find myself doing the opposite. This is my third time on Spark People and This time I am going on 1 1/2 years. The previous two times, I quit because I was not perfect. I messed up over and over.

I am now learning that it is not about being perfect, but being consistent in getting back on track as soon as possible when I slide off track. It is easy to make the excuse that since I messed up, I might as well go all out. I often said, "If I am going to bad, then I might as well go all the way." I have sense realized that is the wrong way to think when I catch myself doing something that will hinder me reaching my goals.

I am trying to now reset my way of thinking that when I eat things I know I should not eat because they are not health supporting to how I can fix the damage that may occur. Instead of beating myself up because I was not following my plan perfectly, I think of ways to set things right.

There have been more than one time where I declined an offer of something and replied with "I have not been eating well today, so I need to have a salad with veggies instead." Eating those greens with raw veggies always helps me get back on track because I imagine my body telling "You like me, you really like me." (misquote of Sally Field's acceptance speech -
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This post is because of the snack attack I had last night. I found myself sneaking my eating - oh, oh. Time to snap out of that quickly. I know I am far from perfect, but I want to eat for health and it is time to move forward.

To end on a positive note: we had supper at my parents' last night. My mom made potato soup and she left out the sausage because she knew I would prefer not eating it. Thanks Mom.
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  • DS9KIE
    great blog

    I always say if I would have given up on healthy eating that I would not fit though the door way and believe me I am NOT perfect.
    1993 days ago
    I love your posts - they are always full of personal stuff and there's always something wonderfully funny in then too.

    It's interesting to me how many of us on sparks have perfection complexes. You are totally on the right track. This is for life, out's not about being perfect. I wouldn't be in the shape I'm in if I hadn't been so disappointed in myself that I threw in the towel and headed to Dairy Queen.

    I'm so glad to hear you're being sensible and self loving this time around.
    1994 days ago
  • MIRAGE727
    Nice. I'm writing a blog today on how I look at my nutrition now that I'm a runner. Stay strong, run safe, and be well!
    2002 days ago
  • COOP9002
    Well said.
    2002 days ago
    We are not defined by how many times we fall but by how many times we get up
    2002 days ago
    Thanks for sharing!
    2002 days ago
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