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Perfectionism is the Enemy

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

I recently saw this written on an SP friend’s page:

Perfectionism is the enemy.

And how true it is!

Perfectionism means that I am on this diet and I’m sticking to it.
Perfectionism means that I will follow my food plan to the letter.
Perfectionism means that I will do it right this time.

Perfectionism means that I will wait until tomorrow to begin this diet, so I can prepare myself and commit to it fully.
Perfectionism means that today I will eat the ‘wrong’ way for the last time.

Perfectionism also means that if I mess up for a meal or for a day, I have fallen off track.
Perfectionism means that if I have fallen off track, I have failed – once again.
Perfectionism means that I set myself up for feeling like a failure -- when I am not.

There will be a meal, or a day, a week, or a month when I am off track.
It is all part of this weight loss journey.
Accepting this fact is one of the changes I must make.
I cannot allow slip-ups to make me feel discouraged.
I cannot use them as an excuse to stop trying altogether.

My journey may take longer than I like.
And it may be filled with setbacks along the way.
But I will not give up.

I will accept that I am doing this in an imperfect way.
I will begin each day with a fresh start and do my best.
I will focus on what I am doing this meal, this day.
And I will keep on going - working toward my goal.

And my goal will be a realistic one too.
My goal will be something that I can comfortably maintain.
I will be able to live with it for a long time.
My goal will not be perfection either.

Perfectionism is the enemy.

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