I’ve been hounded by a weight problem for the past 20 years.
Hounded may be an understatement.
I start diets, then suffer and sweat my way through an intolerable pain until I finally see some results and then – BAM! – the weight comes right back when I have a relapse and completely snap under the pressure of trying to keep the strict effort intact.
I have tried everything and it always results in disappointment. I have lived the Broken Promise Cycle that says, “You broke your promise to yourself, and you must now face the consequences. Here’s the 20 lbs you just lost plus an extra 10!
You are a loser.”
Pretty sad self talk for a motivational speaker.
It has only been the past few months that I have found the secret to my challenge: Forgiveness.
It is the power of forgiving myself for feeling bad about how I look, forgiveness for my thoughts I must be perfect, and simply (sometimes painfully) embracing who I am.
It is a Promise I have made to Start Again.
Instead of unreasonable restrictions that I cannot maintain, no matter how motivated for spurts at a time, it is the love of health in new habits, and occasionally enjoying something I’d like to eat, even if it’s not high on the healthy scale.
What is the result?
The longest I’ve gone in 20 years at the same weight range that I feel happy with and I love the lifestyle that is created, easy to maintain, and includes a simple workout every day, eating what & when I feel is best for my body (see: sanity).
I like myself a lot more, and am loving my life.
I have forgiven myself of impossibility, of what others have said, and mostly what I’ve told myself far too long.
So often we fall off the wagon of our ideals and assume the position of defeat, deflated by our weakness, self-deception that we equal nothing, and wave the white flag of giving up.
Promise yourself today that you will Start Again.
Pick yourself up and keep going. Just because you broke the promise, ruined the routine, made a mistake, or heaven forbid haven’t found perfection, just Start Again.
Slept in? Promise to Start Again.
Got sucked into negative thinking? Promise to Start Again.
Missed the deadline you promised your boss? Promise to Start Again.
Forgive yourself, embrace that it’s ok to be who you are, which is HUMAN, and please…
Promise to Start Again!
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