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8/26 ~ last week of the challenge

Monday, August 26, 2013

One thing I would like to change is my perfectionist attitude. While this sort of thinking can be good, such as working towards a complete black-out during the weekend challenges, it can also backfire in a big way. I still tend to see my progress as black and white, all or nothing. If I give in to my chocolate craving, or have a donut for snack instead of making a wiser choice, I can let one bad decision lead to more bad decisions. It's hard for me to just pick myself and start over in one day's time. Tomorrow is another day, but recovery shouldn't have to wait until the sun goes down.

Another perfectionist problem is that I tend to not see what I have accomplished, and focus only on what I've yet to do, or the mistakes I made during the journey. I believe this way of thinking is holding me back because it keeps me from looking forward to new adventures, new ways of challenging myself. Instead, I trip myself up with past mistakes.

Lastly, the challenges are sometimes hard for me, and while I do complete them, I heave a big sigh of relieve when they are over, not converting my new-found knowledge to my daily life. Like when we had the no-salt challenge, which I got through while it was on. But once the weekend was over, I crept back into my normal routine without much thought. Again, this is perfectionism raising it's ugly head: sometimes I can do something for a short period of time, knowing that it will soon end and I can get back to business as usual.

Okay, is is longer than the original question of what ONE thing I would like to change; but these do all have a common theme.

Plus, it's early in the morning, and I'm still yawning! emoticon
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  • CASKUL
    I find myself doing the same with the challenges, I am on a yo yo these days and what I really need to do is be consistent with all the tools that make me successful - let's be support for each other and we can prop each other up when needed and both head for a healthy lifesyle.
    2690 days ago
  • FELINEBETTER
    Hi Becca/Good Morning! heheh
    It is good that you recognize this perfectionistic thread of yours. I caution you though that it goes against all that Spark suggests. For instance, baby steps. Spark asks you to make small commitments, and then gradually add to them so that you are forming (hopefully) permanent healthy habits. This is concisely why "Diets don't work!" We can all do almost anything for a limited time, but the test comes in with consistency! This is why I (and millions of other people) have successfully lost literally tons of weight -- only to put it all back on - plus! This is where the habit-forming comes in. Spark gives you parameters to fit your own choices into, so that you can find a way that suits you to live a healthier life. I try to remind myself all the time -- "Is this something I can keep going?" If it isn't, I need to find something that I CAN keep going. Btw -- going completely salt-free sounds near impossible and a tad harsh to me! To cut down on salt is one thing, but to have none -- I don't think that's reasonable. Anything packaged or sold in restaurants is going to contain salt. To swear off both of those completely is setting yourself up for failure!

    Meow for now emoticon
    2701 days ago

    Comment edited on: 8/26/2013 11:11:52 AM
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