When I was asked to write this blog, I was given the topic of “restarting.” I thought it was perfect for me, as I’ve restarted more times than I can count in most all areas of my life. There isn’t much I’ve done that was perfect the first time. Even getting my driver’s permit when I was 16 — I had to take it twice. Did I hesitate to try again? No. I was ready instantly to get it right as I learned what I’d done wrong. Therein lies the key: I learned what I’d done wrong, so the second time, I got my permit.
That’s a rather simple example compared to my weight-loss journey. It too started when I was a teenager — more from “not looking like the other girls” rather than weighing too much. I didn’t learn that all body types are not the same and that no matter how hard I tried, I would never be stick thin. I couldn’t celebrate who I was so instead I took on the mindset of who I wasn’t.
Starting out with that thought process sixty years ago brings me to this day, and my mind still goes there in a minute. Even though I know all the right things to do and think … old lessons are difficult to erase. I will more quickly think I’ve failed rather than that I’ve succeeded.
What I did learn is that you have a choice to restart every day. Everything is about choice. From the moment we wake up until we go to bed, we have thousands of thoughts and choices that we make throughout the day. Some of them are automatic, others we dwell on, and some are ones we need to give some thought to.
Remember all the successes you have each day in your life journey. By making your health be a part of your life journey, it doesn’t take on a life of its own and have too much power. Your retakes will become second nature, and you will be successful.
Remember: You are not a failure — you are between successes.