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Saturday, March 16, 2013

When I started Spark (for at least the 4th time) 3 months ago, I wanted to be nose to grindstone, never cheating, and doing everything: blogging daily, tracking all food daily, exercising daily, etc. In other words--do it all!

Well, I have found that my journey has not been as I had planned back then. Have I "cheated"? Yes, when I let emotions take over or when I tell myself I "deserve" it ("it" being ice cream, cookies, pizza, etc.). Have I tracked? Yes, but not daily. Have I done everything perfectly, every day. No! But, on the other hand, I haven't quit either.

That was my past response to not being perfect. I'd slip up once and quit--the all or nothing syndrome. But this time I am finding more balance. Yes, I do take little detours. Yes, I slip up. No I will not quit, because even if I'm not perfect, I'm much better than I was 3 months ago. I want to continue to get better. I tell myself it is a new LIFEstyle, and sometimes life throws curve balls. So I need to learn to live with my real life in new healthy manner and not give up when the going gets tough!
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    I'm glad you put "cheat" in quotes because we defeat ourselves when we think "diet" and either "perfect diet" or "cheat". I prefer now to look at it that we are living life and hopefully making more better choices than poorer choices - whether it be food, exercise, citizenship, etc.
    I used to deep end off diets so many times I might have qualified for an Olympic medal off the high board. Now, I just try to remain calm when I am struggling a bit and talk myself back off the edge.
    Sounds like your attitude will take you far. Good luck!
    1921 days ago
    congrats on your success at not giving up when you hit bumps along the way. I know how hard. I get off the track. I find encouragement when others get back on after a slip. I slip often and seeing other with the same problem and coming back and still succeeding help keep me motivated I hope you have great motivation too. thanks for your blog.
    1921 days ago
    One of the best kept secrets is that we are not "perfect" and life is not "perfect" Stuff happens and were are likely to slip-up which is why this is not a "diet". This is our new lifestyle!! There is no "cheating" If you want that slice of pizza..... have it, but just track it, own it and most importantly figure it into your daily calorie count. It sounds as though you already have discovered all of this. Just concentrate on what you already know and little by little you will get there!! emoticon emoticon
    1921 days ago
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