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Progress not Perfection

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Perfection means being free or as free as possible from all flaws or defects.
Progress means forward or onward movement toward a destination.

Why do we beat ourselves up or feel like we fail at our journey in life. Maybe its because in our mind we feel like we are shooting for perfection. I don't know about you but when I saw the definition of perfection I realized that I will NEVER be free from flaws/defects in my life and even in my weight loss journey. I might eat that cupcake at my friend's birthday party; I might miss a workout next week and end up gaining a pound because of it. But guess what the progress that I didn't focus on could be I ate within my calorie range all week despite the fact that I ate that cupcake.I might also focus on the fact that I worked out 4 days the week I missed one of the 5 planned workouts. That one pound gain could have been any number of things pertaining or not pertaining to my choices for the week. It is no reason to beat myself up about it or say because I didn't eat right or get all my workouts in that I "deserved" to gain that pound. Why is it that when this happens we instantly forget about the progress that we made? Because we think we have to shoot for perfection! I know when I started this challenge I never worked out or tracked my food. If I track my food only 1 day and I only got one workout in; guess what that is PROGRESS! I am making a change and I am doing better than what I started off doing. I want to challenge everyone to think of their journey differently ; think of where you started from, think about those things that you did right instead of the few things you messed up on this week. When you have a goal or something you want to eliminate or something you want to do on a daily basis that is hard think of the progress you made prior. For example; I really struggle with drinking water. I stopped buying soda(to force myself to only drink water) and I think it took me two weeks before I bought it again. Those two weeks were hard! I really wanted soda for that caffeine pick me up and the flavor but I know my body needed water. I am starting over again and I am going to push myself to get past those two weeks because guess what I did it before and I survived. So if I last 2 weeks and 2 days I am not going to beat myself up about it but celebrate the progress that I beat my first streak. Progress is progress no matter what or how much. The key is to keep moving in that forward motion to that desired destination (goal) you are working on.
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    emoticon nods, you got this! it is a real change in thinking and I hear it gets easier with practice! Onward :)
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    I want to make progress. Perfection is just too hard on my nervous system. When I was younger I was a perfectionist. As I grew older I discovered how it keep me too keyed up etc. When I learned to let go and just relax about things I could not control, my system became at peace with itself
    849 days ago
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