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I'm all for non-scale victories and small wins and so on, but I hadn't thought about "small losses." (That's not as in "small losses of weight," lol.) A few weeks ago I subscribed to an odd little website with information and suggestions and inspiration. It's a quiet little article / blog site, but I'm becoming rather fond of it.

Today there was this post:

www.theminimalists.com/losse
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I like how they point out that "small losses" are worth our attention... that we shouldn't dwell on them or use them for recriminations, but rather, not miss the lessons we might learn from them.

For myself, I get into this "all or nothing" mentality: if I don't lose X amount per month, then I have failed, or it's not worthy of (self) approval. If I don't exercise at least a half-hour at a time, I might as well not exercise at all.

I work hard at NOT falling into the "all or nothing" mentality, and I have learned enough awareness to recognize and affirm to myself the little successes - losing one pound is better than losing none... exercising 10 minutes is better than not exercising all day. You know, those kinds of small achievements.

But I hadn't thought about these small losses. If I have a second helping, and that only happened at one meal, on one day - rather than pretend it didn't happen, or ruminate on it until I've magnified it into a major failure, what if I simply learn a small lesson?

I might learn a "big" lesson if I go off the rails and regain ten pounds. (Oh, brother! If I had a dollar for every time, lol...) But maybe small losses - microfailures - can add up to small lessons that will help forestall those "I fell down" occasions.

Edited by: KASEYCOFF at: 5/27/2018 (12:06)

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