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Loving Myself Challenge: Day 12

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Had some technical difficulties and for some reason was unable to open the blog to write it.

But, here we go. :) So far, this challenge has taught me that I have a tendency to be hard on myself and expect perfection. I try not to... but I really don't like not following the rules OR doing things that are the opposite of my goal. I have always had the philosophy that it's important not to "give up the things I want MOST for the things I want NOW." But some how occasionally I feel like I'm giving up what I want in the long run for a quick thrill.

I also am learning that I do NOT have to be perfect and that an occasional high calorie treat and/or meal don't equal my demise. I read an article that basically said as soon as you get off track, get back on track. If we fell down a few stairs would we say 'that's it, I've screwed up I may as well throw myself down the rest of the stairs"? No, we get back up... dust ourselves off and walk more carefully down the rest of the stairs. If we miss our exit on the highway should we continue driving for HOURS in the wrong direction OR do we get off on the next exit and turn around as quickly as we can...

I think we should treat weight loss that way. Get up as quickly as we can from our missteps and QUICKLY get back on the right path.

So... this challenge to LOVE MYSELF is making me have more compassion for myself. The same compassion I would give others who were having a hard time. I would tell them, "You can do this! Don't give up, don't get discouraged. Each step you take is getting you a little closer to your goal. A year from now you will be happy you started and NEVER GAVE UP. " and that's exactly what I am going to tell myself :)

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So, here are my 5 things from Day 12
1. I tracked my foods- honestly
2. I wore my pedometer and walked the long way to get extra steps
3. I made an effort to get my water in
4. I went to bed early because I was tired and had a long/hard day (slept 10 hours)
5. I consciously chose to let a stressful situation go instead of ruminating over it when it was out of my control.

OK, I'll post later tonight about my day 13. I hope you are all doing well and maybe learning more ways to love yourself! :)
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    I LOVE your falling down the stairs comparison. I must say, from your last blog I was a bit concerned that you were a perfectionist. You mentioned something about getting in 430 minutes of exercise when you went over your calories. I thought WHAT??? I love your list of 5. Great job. I too have to catch myself sometimes and ask, would I talk to a friend that way, No... I would be totally supportive. Now it comes more naturally.

    1938 days ago
  • 123ELAINE456
    Great Blog. Good Wisdom. God Blessings to You and Have a Lovely Day. Take Care.
    1941 days ago
    This is a great challenge! Many of us could use the advice you have just shared. I often treat others much better than how I treat myself too.
    1941 days ago
    Self discovery is a major step along our journey and such a wonderful way to recognize our self worth....
    1941 days ago
  • SUGAR0814
    Loving yourself seems to be the theme of the blogs today! emoticon You are doing a great job! Just keep pushing forward!
    1941 days ago
    Firstly, I love what you wrote about being kind to yourself and learning to love yourself. I'm really trying to do the same. I expect perfection from myself too and then beat myself up every time I make a small mistake. And then, I make the small mistake a big mistake and let it get out of control! In fact, for the past 3 months that is all I've done and I'm up 13 pounds as a result! Hating myself thin is definitely not working at all. It's time to learn to love myself thin with compassion and ease.

    So your 5 things are awesome - cooking, tracking, sleeping a lot, and also not letting stress get the better of you! Bravo!

    My five things:

    1. I worked out.
    2. Yesterday I ate each meal very slowly and mindfully.
    3. I was there for my husband during his chemo.
    4. I stayed active on SP.
    5. I listened to a bunch of weight loss podcasts.
    1941 days ago
  • CRICKET217
    Lots of great wisdom in your blog! I too have been working on being nicer to myself, and I really think that is what's going to make a difference in my journey.

    1941 days ago
    Let the truth be told, I like that post and i think we can treat ourselves once a month. As long as we don't overdo it. Keep doing what you're doing it working for you. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1941 days ago
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