Being Realistic and Yet Gentle
Saturday, September 15, 2012
I missed my last short-term goal by 1 lb. And I decided to focus on the 14 lbs I have lost instead of the 1 I didn't. I looked at the things I could have done differently; but this time, instead to beating myself up over what I could have or should have done to ensure I met that goal, I chose to use that information to work toward my next goal. I also asked myself the question "Do I want it badly enough to be willing to do what I know is necessary to make the next goal?" I consider it a reality check. In order to meet my next short-term goal, I will need to lose 5 lbs by Oct 6th. That's doable, but do I really want it badly enough to exercise the discipline to achieve it? If not, then I'm playing head games with myself and I need to reevaluate my goals. My world will not shatter if I don't reach this goal. I will not throw in the towel and walk away from this journey. Years ago I was a beauty consultant and my director would tell us over and over to "Reach for the moon. If you don't make it, you'll still land among the stars."
Even if I don't reach 160 lbs by my birthday, I will be closer than if I had not tried. I will be healthier and stronger than if I had not changed my lifestyle. I am making progress and I will get there. I give myself permission not to expect perfection.
Loving the journey.