This appears to be my motto for my weight loss journey this time around. As I believed I’ve mentioned before, I am a perfectionist, and so remembering this will be imperative to my success. In fact, I recently purchased a Weight Watchers food journal and used this exact quote as the sticker on the cover of my book.
It’s hard not to get caught up in being perfect. For me, this desire for perfection has helped me a lot in finding success throughout my life; however, it has also been a detriment to my weight loss success. Striving for perfections leads me to lie in my food log, quit when I have a stumble and become lost in the fear that I will never look the way I did, want to, etc.
In order to find success this time around, I need to remember to take each day as it comes. There will be days where I have an unplanned meal and that’s okay. There will be weeks where I use all of my weekly points in a weekend, or worse in a day. There will even be times where no matter how hard I try to ignore it, I will just need to eat a cupcake, even if I have no more points left! As long as I track what I eat, look at my food journal as a learning tool and make progress in the long run, I will be successful.
My leader often talks about recovery. She says it’s okay to have a bad day/bad days, but that it’s important to not allow it to turn into a week, a month, a year. You have to forgive yourself for your blunder (if that’s what it was) or wipe your mouth with the back of your hand and relish in the deliciousness that just was. Then, you need to look at what you did, learn from it and try to make decisions for the rest of the week that will provide balance. That’s what naturally thin people and lifetime weight watchers do daily, without even thinking. They eat a snack, a savory meal and then they stop. They don’t let it derail them. They enjoy it, accept it, and move on.
Recovering from a treat, mistake, mindless moment is where I struggle the most. I allow one caloric item/meal to dictate the rest of my week with the age old “I’ll start tomorrow” instead of “I’ll start again right now.” So this is what I am working on this week. So far, so good.