Letting Go of Perfection and Picking up Consistency
Posted: Tuesday, Mar. 12, 2013
Photo by: Nathan Abplanalp Photography
Amanda Wilson is a student who has a passion for helping others and is now committed to helping herself. She enjoys spending time with her pup, Gia, being with family and friends and traveling. Contact Amanda here.
Im not perfect, and I will never claim to be. So why is it that I expect complete perfection from my weight-loss journey? As with anything that we term as a journey there are to be ups and downs, good days and bad days, and things that we do right and things we do wrong. That is to be expected. It is only natural. See the thing is that I know this, very well actually, yet I struggle with being too hard on myself and not being strict enough when it pertains to my almighty plan. The good thing is that I have slowly been letting go of this.What I have instead been trying to develop more is my consistency. Just like brushing your teeth or combing your hair, working out and choosing to eat whole nutritious foods are learned and a choice. After some time and CONSISTENCY they become habits like any of the other things you do on a regular basis. What I try not to do is get that confused with perfection. Every week may not be days of perfect eating and perfect exercise. I can strive for these things, but if there is a slip up, I accept that as part of the journey and move on. I dont let eating one doughnut or missing a workout keep me from working on my consistency of choosing to be healthy.This idea of perfection is a hard thing to toss out, and its easy to topple over in to the all or nothing trap. Im either all in and doing everything by the book, eating clean and working out six days a week or making no strides at all. When I find myself getting like this is when I re-evaluate what it is that I am working for. I ask myself what is it that I want to accomplish, because if its something you want bad enough you will work for it. Sometimes it takes finding my motivation again, and Im realizing that is okay. The days where I feel like a champion that can conquer all will come and I will relish in that. On the other hand, the days were I cant seem to steer myself from eating anything besides cookies will come too, and I can accept that also. It is about picking yourself up and trying again. Why? Because consistency is the goal. With consistency and accountability (NOT perfection) is how success happens. Now with that being said, off to the gym I go! Cant stop this train!
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