Setbacks come with the weight loss territory. I can't expect perfect behavior from myself, but honestly, sometimes I do (unrealistically). Then, when I "fail," I feel really bad about it. To counteract that negativity in my head, I've put this list together of what I've learned from my setbacks.
A few years ago, I ate too much. (Well, I ate too much last night, but I'm talking about that time a few years ago. ;) To burn some of the excess calories I had consumed, I decided to attend the Zumba class by my house after having seen a flyer. It became my favorite class. It's still my favorite class! I discovered my favorite class after a setback.
I'm committed to being a healthier person. Though I feel bad about setbacks for a while, I eventually get passed them. I'm dedicated to this and that's something to be proud of.
I've injured myself when exercising. Boo. I've also gotten sick. Double boo. Though it's a bummer to have to rest, I've learned that not resting could make the injury feel worst or if I'm sick, make me feel worst in general. What am I- invincible? ;)
This is reassuring. I'm not the only one who has had a bad moment (or a bad day/ or a bad week!). I have a tendency to forget that others have setbacks though, so . . .
It reminds me that they have setbacks (see above). It's nice to have the camaraderie. And sometimes they come up with solutions or words of encouragement to help me overcome particular setbacks. And hopefully, I help them somehow, too.
I've learned that it's good to do this because sometimes I'm being unrealistic and need to reevaluate my current goals. I can expect to have plenty of "setbacks" if I'm setting myself up for them; if I'm not ready for the change I've made, I'm bound to be discouraged when I "fail." My goals need to be achievable and realistic.
What have you learned from your setbacks?
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