Nobody wakes up in the morning saying, “You know what? I’m gonna fail today”. But sometimes, even our best laid plans are not always full-proof. Case in point: I recently started a plan to exercise regularly, eat right and lose weight. My resolve was clear, focused, and on point. I lost 3 pounds in 14 days and was on a roll. Then came sinful temptation in the form a red velvet cake. I choked…I caved in…I ate. There I was, stumbling back toward that abyss of sugary madness that once held me captive– followed by a dramatic Florida Evans moment: “Damn, damn, damn!”
The damage was done. I had once again failed at my attempt to stick to the plan.
As I began to pick up the pieces of my latest weight loss debacle, I had what drug addicts and alcoholics refer to as ‘a moment of clarity’. I began to take a closer look at not only WHY I failed this time, but HOW I failed. I started out so strong. What happened?
1) I realized that the temptation was offered after a stressful day at work.
2) I didn’t have one of my healthier alternatives to snack on instead.
3) My husband went back for more, so I did too–twice.
4) I put too much pressure on myself to go cold turkey.
As the pattern emerged, I also noticed that after not eating sweets for two weeks that I got a major sugar rush followed by a major energy crash. I guess I had grown accustom to that lethargic feeling, but the 14-day sugar hiatus made me aware of what I was actually doing to my body. That’s when the light bulb came on. Could it be that in the midst of my failure, I have found the seeds for my success? In that instant, I not only sized up my opponent, but found a few tricks to shut it down the next time it rears its ugly head:
- I know now that junk food is not a stress reliever– in the end, I felt worse.
- It’s important to keep a variety healthy snacks in my purse, in my desk and at the house for those weak moments.
- Moderation trumps deprivation. Knowing that I can have a taste now and then is better than lusting after someone else’s portion and over-indulging.
I feel like I’ve taken a step forward even in this failed attempt. But a lesson learned from failure is a lesson toward success. Funny how things work sometimes, isn’t it?
Thanks for letting me share with you, and as always, enjoy the balance of your day.