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Day 261: Forgiving Myself

Friday, April 22, 2011

I think most of us who are overweight are used to thinking in black and white terms when it comes to nutrition and exercise. Foods are either "good" or "bad." We are either "dieting" or "not dieting." We either exercise or don't exercise.

Ten weeks into Weight Watchers Online, I realize that I'm missing so many shades of gray. Foods aren't "good or bad" but varying values of fuel for my body. I may not walk for 30 minutes, but I take stairs more than I used to and I am trying to walk faster as I go from parking lots to buildings or walk across campus.

More than anything, I realize I am not "dieting" or "not dieting" on any given day, but I am living that day. Sometimes I'll eat more than I'd planned, sometimes I'll choose a food that I know isn't a good fuel for my body. If I'm gong to do this for the rest of my life, I can't beat myself up about those things.

In my practice, I'm forever talking to patients about forgiving themselves for past indiscretions and moving on. That bad blood pressure was in the past, and now you can take your medicine every day and make it better. The smoking was in the past, but now you've quit.

I hold myself accountable for every little step that isn't on my planned path. My goal is to forgive myself. I'm the only one who can do it.

I choose health.
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  • FLGIRL1234
    Great blog and even healthier attitude.
    3192 days ago
    That's a healthy attitude about eating, of course I feel the same say so I'm biased.I am in for life if this is to be permanent. If I want a Wendy's cheeseburger I eat it, I just fit it in my calories, and don't eat one everyday. If we make healthier choices most of the time, make daily efforts to increase body movement then the weight will come off and by the time you get to your goal weight hopefully all those healthy habits will be part of your life for good!
    3192 days ago
    Excellent advice - now let me do my best to put it into practice ;-)
    3197 days ago
  • SUNSET24
    what a WONDERFUL soul you are and thank you for reminding me how WONDERFUL like can and should be, hugsssssssssssssss
    3200 days ago
    love this blog.
    so many times, we hear that this is a lifestyle change. and in the next breath, they are talking about being on the wagon or off the wagon. you got it. this is just life.
    and a series of choices.
    glad you figured it out.
    3200 days ago
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