The All or Nothing Club!
Thursday, November 02, 2017
Let's say I wandered off-track overindulging in food and drink while not doing anything physical. My undisciplined behavior lasted about 6-8 weeks. I've been down this road before and I usually end up back at my previous weight or more before I right myself. This time was different.
Every single day I had a nagging feeling that I needed to step on the scale and get back to reality. I thought about it...but then continued to spiral downward...feeling worse and worse about myself everyday. Then the aches and pains set in and soon the self-pity party began.
Typically I'm am part of the "all or nothing" club...hell I'm a past-president of that club! That type of thinking always led me right back where I started. I've been working on my thoughts and behaviors since the beginning of the year. I've lost close to 50 lbs. So what did I do this time? I searched "All or Nothing" on SP. An article titled..."9 Ways to Ditch the All-or-Nothing Approach" popped up. I read it...it was like it was written for me. My favorite part..." look at setbacks as bumps in the road that may slow you down, but won't send you spiraling back to square one."
First, I stepped on the scale and to my surprise was only up 7 lbs. That motivated me to get back on track. I started first by getting back to drinking at least 64 ounces of water a day...the aches and pains started to diminish. And then after a few days of getting hydrated I began tracking my food intake again. Lastly, I committed to 30 minutes of "intentional" movement every single day.
After 5 days of being back on track I'm amazed how great I feel. My pants are no longer digging into my sides...my aches and pains are few. But most importantly my thoughts have returned to positive. I thinking clearly about life again and it feels good!
I'm proud of myself! I feel like I finally have let go of my "all or nothing" mentality. I'm striving for progress not perfection. Every day is a new day...a new day with new opportunities to believe in my healthy self!
Thank you SparkPeople!