I’m Not Alone

February 14, 2008 at 2:06 am 1 comment

If there’s one thing I’m learning from reading other health and fitness blogs, it’s that we all have bad days… or bad spells (which can be a few days or a month). I know this intellectually, but sometimes I still feel like I’m the only one who can’t seem to stick to the goals I’ve set for myself.

My frustration with myself was a hot topic last night at dinner with a girlfriend. While we got caught up over miso soup and sushi, I shared that I was frequently disappointed by my inability to achieve my new, lower daily calorie limit.

At least I know that I’m not alone in struggling to stay on course. A recent post by Eat to Live relates that she’s faced some challenges in her effort to go completely vegan.

“I’ve found a couple weaknesses in my trek to full-fledged Veganism. Panera makes really great bagels. I’m very fond of the Cinnamon Crunch one but it’s made with eggs. And I still love the Blueberry Coffee Cake and Banana Nut Loaf from Starbuck’s but they contain eggs, too. I’m not sure how to get past these cravings and/or desires to pick up one of these pastries when ordering my beverages.”

Munchkin Land recently told us, “This has just been a very off week!  In a lot of ways.  And I’ve been so tired.  But I started today with a renewed attitude.  I’m ready to eat healthier again.  I feel so much better when I do.  And now, when I have lapses, they only last a week or so.  Much better than in the past.  I get it this time, I do!”

Munchkin Land makes a great point about the length of her lapses being shorter. I’ve been doing this so long now that a two-pound weight gain no longer terrifies me. I know I’ll be back on track in a day or so.

Maybe the idea is not to achieve absolute perfection in our diet-and-exercise goals but instead to limit the amount of time we’re off the wagon. At least I know that when I do tumble to the ground, I’ve got company for the short time I’m in the dirt! J

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