Saturday, February 26, 2011


I found the following story on a web forum I frequent. Her message was so powerful I knew immediately I wanted to share it. Luckily for me she allowed me to do so anonymously.

The thing I love about this is that she lost 80 pounds simply by getting and staying real with herself. When she got real with herself all the obsession fell away and so did the weight.

“Anyway, it's a really long story, but also a short one. Like I said in the
other thread, I used to really struggle with perfectionism (and still do, to a much lesser degree.) It started to occur to me that here I was in my 30s, I had devoted my every waking minute to obsessing about my weight, and I was fatter than ever.

\I did not want that to be my legacy -- fat person who thought about it constantly. Seriously, what a f----d up thing to devote every bit of your psyche to! So I decided I was going to accept myself as I was and come to peace with it, or change it.

There are a lot of people in my life who drive me crazy with "I'm gonna" which has become my most hated phrase. ("I'm gonna quit drinking, get a job, start taking care of my health, etc.) All these people drive me crazy telling me all the sh-- they're "gonna" do but never do it, yet I was no different.

So I was also going to have to stop pushing those people to change if I wasn't going to change either.

I lost about 50 pounds at WW and using the elliptical at the gym, then stayed around 160 for quite some time (at least a year, I guess.) The above really started to sink in with me fully, and the last 30 pounds just followed my actions.

I don't follow any particular program. I eat clean but indulge occasionally, track my calories on the Lose It app, and try to work out regularly. I don't spiral if I eat like sh.t for a couple days or don't work out for a week, I just get back on track. I NEVER "start again" tomorrow/Monday/January 1st/whatever (a perfectionist habit that
is a recipe for disaster.)

There's not really much to it other than putting my money where my mouth is.”

If you have an inspirational story please email me. I'd love to share it here.

The pursuit of perfection often impedes improvement. - George F. Will


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