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Why a Fail isn't FAILURE

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

As part of my weight-loss journey to losing 100+ pounds, I know keeping the correct mindset is imperative. My eating plan consists of 6 completely healthy food days, Monday-Saturday, and ONE cheat meal on Sunday. Well, this past Sunday I overdid it. The kids chose Red Lobster for dinner and I ate some of the appetizer, my main dish (the half portion but still), and *two* biscuits. Then we went to the drive-in theater to see Pete's Dragon and I ate some popcorn.

Before we even got home, I knew I overdid it. I tracked everything and saw that I went almost 1,000 calories over my typical 1200. Sure it was a cheat meal...but I turned it into a cheat evening.

HOWEVER, returning to the title of this blog, I made a huge decision after my cheat evening: I wasn't going to allow this ONE fail to turn my whole weight-loss journey into a total failure. I woke up Monday morning (yesterday), put on my tennis shoes and went to the track. I got my 10,000 steps in before noon and had almost 20,000 steps by dinnertime. I ate perfectly and tracked it all.

And you know what? I realized I'VE NEVER DONE THAT BEFORE.

In all the years of yo-yo dieting, I've never slipped up, held myself accountable by tracking all of my food anyway, and then woke up the next morning and got right back on the wagon. NEVER...NOT ONCE. In fact, yesterday I was thinking, "I can feel that sodium from Sunday and it just wasn't worth it." I made a kind vow to myself that this Sunday, I'll be wiser. Other that that thought, I was back to my healthy business as usual.

I think this is huge for me because I'm so used to screwing up and then promptly giving up. Which inevitably leads to a period of overindulging and gaining weight until I find another short-term diet to adopt and then fail. NOT THIS TIME.

I realize that life isn't perfect. I won't be able to eat perfectly every single day of the rest of my life, and that's okay. What matters is not turning this one little fail into a huge failure.

I deserve to be healthy and to emoticon . And I will.
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    Great mind set - recognition is helpful - You've got this Your attitude is very inspiring

    1600 days ago
    I am the same way when it comes to short term diets. Amazing for getting your steps in! I struggle getting to 10,000 a day. My problem is eating.
    1601 days ago
    I love this viewpoint and I think it may be one of the biggest secrets to staying with our healthy lifestyles! I have started giving up guilt when I eat the not so healthy food. Beating ourselves up over what we eat doesnt do much good, I love the positive attitude even though the journey is long and rough sometimes its so important to be happy! emoticon
    1608 days ago
    perfect attitude it will see you through a lot of challenges, good luck!
    1610 days ago
    Great job on not allowing a step back to be a step stop with your goals. 🖒
    1610 days ago
    Exactly!! I hear you and I Overdid this weekend also. The one thing tracking all we eat does is show us just how much we USE TO EAT ALL THE TIME! No wonder my weight has crept UP UP UP!

    Keep reminding yourself this is your choice. What do you choose to do today? It's one choice at time... we will have some ups and downs but stay strong...and we will move down down down!

    Good For you! You are learning and so am I
    1612 days ago
    You are definitely making progress! Mind set is the most important. I understand the yoyo dieting. I was guilty of it and fortunately I had only 80 pounds to lose but that was bad enough. Keep up the good work.
    1612 days ago
    It happens. The most important thing is to forgive yourself and move right on! You did that. Go you!
    1612 days ago
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    1612 days ago
  • -POOKIE-
    This is a great blog and you have learnt a huge lesson about how you can move on and deal with off plan. It's something I have been working on recently as well.
    1612 days ago
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