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5/28/18 7:14 P

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5/28/18 3:28 P

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I think it helped me that I had a very understanding DR when I started this journey. He told me that no one knew the magic number. No one knew the magic diet. Here are some guide lines. Listen to your body and find the right one for you.

Objects in the mirror will get thinner than they now appear

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5/27/18 4:32 P

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Interesting. I think the key is to learn a lesson from the small losses and figure out what habit to overcome it. The tendency is to get mad at ourselves for the small losses so just give up. So I think that's why Sparkpeople focuses more on small victories and not on small losses. We need to develop the habits to overcome the failures. Staying positive keeps us on track or allows us to restart/get back on track when we have our small failures. Being human, we all have the small failures. I agree with the article that we should not dismiss the small losses and totally ignore and act like everything is hunky dory. Having a huge piece of chocolate cake for example is certainly not ok and if we keep doing it, it will result in setting back our goals. But we then need to come up with a strategy to learn to overcome this failure. For example, a small dessert at a family party once in awhile if that works. Or if you can't resist the temptation and know it will dismantle your progress, what alternate food or treat can you have? Can you go out of the room when the dessert is being served? Or start a conversation with a family member? Or maybe just some fruit and a small scoop of ice cream in lieu of the cake loaded with calories.
Thanks again for posting this.

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5/27/18 8:43 A

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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." 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.

Eh. Thoughts on a Sunday...

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