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Telling the Truth

Thursday, February 20, 2014

I just read the incredibly motivational success story posted by Gemladyone. I can't believe how inspiring that was! The main thing that really resonated for me was the fact that she made tracking completely non-negotiable. In her own mind, she decided that it was something she HAD to do, every single day, and stuck with it for the entire year of 2013. Amazing! I have been trying and trying for years to make something stick for me like that.

But maybe the key word there is "trying." I haven't really decided within myself that it's something I HAVE to do no matter what, and so I slip and slide all over the place when it comes to following my plan and reaching my goals. And when I decide that it's not worth the time or energy to track, then ultimately what I'm doing is avoiding being honest with myself about my food intake or my activity level.

I'm really REALLY good at lying to myself!!

I don't want to be good at that anymore. This year I want to learn how to be good at telling myself the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. If telling myself the truth means taking the time out of my day to track my food intake even if I binged the whole day, then that's what I'm going to do. Telling the truth also means being realistic about this whole thing. If I mess up so terribly that I feel awful about myself, telling the truth means looking at the experience as something I can learn from and not the end of the world. It means seeing myself with loving and caring eyes, and accepting myself no matter what.

It also means choosing the healthy way to do this. In the past I've had times where I've thought about weight loss in such an all-or-nothing way that I would do crazy things like skip breakfast and lunch or eat only rice cakes and sugar-free jello. Those crazy things only lead to bingeing and self-loathing! Telling the truth means treating my body and mind with respect.

Maybe I should say that again.

Telling the truth means treating my body and mind with respect.

And that's really what it's all about.
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  • no profile photo CD14670848
    Oh my gosh, this sounds so much like me. I got good at lying to myself too and it's a very bad habit that I am working on at the moment to break. I don't want to be good at that either.

    I have a young son, and I don't want him to remember his Mom as the one who said she would do this, and gave up. I want to be remembered as the Mom who leads by example and can show her child that you can reach your goals and achieve your dreams if you just TRY, and keep on pushing until the end.

    We CAN do this, as long as we stay true to ourselves.

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  • LINDAM.1
    Balance is important.
    2470 days ago
    thanks suszipam1 for sending me this blog.
    2470 days ago
  • ALYSSAR2012
    Great blog! I feel as though I could have written this blog (minus that specific inspiring success story, since I haven't read it). I can definitely relate. I seem to "forget" to track by lunchtime which is coincidentally about the same time my healthy eating plans go out the window. emoticon emoticon
    2470 days ago
  • no profile photo CD575791
    I honestly don't see how people succeed without tracking. I've been doing it since 2011. I round up to the nearest 50 calories ... counting 50 as 1/2 and 100 as 1
    to eat between 14 and 19 (1400-1900 calories daily) I count exercise in 10 minute minimum with drawing a star. some people like electronic tracking, others like toys or food magnets on their fridge, others like myself use a paper checking register (last year) or free hallmark pocket calendar (this year)

    hip hip hurray for tracking!!!! emoticon

    thanks suszipam1 for sending me this blog emoticon
    2470 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/20/2014 11:40:10 AM
    Even when we do not track, our bodies do! Being honest is key. Great blog. I know you can do this!!!
    2470 days ago
    this is it exactly - so many people don't take it seriously or just manage teams and that is like their "job" - they don't lose weight or just post the inspirations - but i want to be inspirational for exercising when i don't want to - i want to blog about how i got up and just wanted to sit on the couch but i walked in the snow rather - i don't have to like it - i just need to do it and then i need to be honest about when i did not do what i had planned and i need to be ok with that too

    thanks - this made me think a lot
    2470 days ago
    I totally agree, keep up the good work your doing amazing
    2470 days ago
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