Lifestyle, Motivation, Wellness

When it’s Okay to be Good Enough


“Good enough” rarely cuts it. If you were having surgery or your car were being repaired, you likely would not settle for good enough and would want to be as close to perfect as possible. But there are other times when good enough is, well, good enough. Take your meal or exercise plan, for example. Have you ever beaten yourself up for not following a diet perfectly or skipping the gym? When we demand nothing short of perfection from ourselves, we feel defeated when we don’t deliver. We may even be tempted to throw up our hands and end up right back where we started.

We’ve recently started kicking our workplace TOPS meetings off with something that I like to call, “Tell me something good.” This is an opportunity for us to share something healthy we did over the past week, no matter how small it may seem. We give praise and props for things like walking during morning break, skipping the drive-thru and showing up for a workout even if we feel totally unmotivated. If we are pursuing perfection, it can be easy to overlook all of these “little victories.” But it’s the little things that keep us going and give us something to smile about.

One unhealthy meal will not totally derail our efforts just as one workout will not automatically make us fit. It’s the things we do over and over again that lay the foundation for our overall goal. Slip-ups, splurges, gains and plateaus are bound to happen. When they do, focus on what you’ve been doing well, what adjustments you can make and how you can move forward.

To paraphrase TOPS friend and Real Life contributor Dr. Michelle May, perfection isn’t possible. Fortunately, it’s not necessary either.

16 thoughts on “When it’s Okay to be Good Enough

  1. LOVE LOVE LOVE this one Maggie. Brings back memories of me not being good enough. Way back when, I was the Area Queen for N. Ill and as I was coming off stage for the Before After parade, 2 ladies came up to me and told me they thought I should lose more weight. 140 lbs apparently wasn’t good enough for them. I was wearing a beige jump suit with a goldish color wide stretch belt around my waist. I thought I looked great and that it really showed how much I had lost. That comment by those 2 ladies just took the wind right out of my sails. It just really hurt and upset me, and even today 42 years later I STILL hear their voices in my head. I tell myself I AM good enough, that statistics state 95% of the people who’ve lost weight gain it all back plus. After 42 years am I NOT good enough???? Guess I just have to keep telling myself that! Thanks for telling ME that I AM Good Enough!!!!

    1. Congratulations, Ron, on your magnificent weight loss! You have done an awesome job. Unfortunately, no matter where we go and no matter what we do, there are always going to be those people who bring us down. We can receive 100 compliments, but just that 1 negative comment will often times overshadow the 100 positive ones. I’m so sorry those two ladies said that. Of course, they shouldn’t have. I guess we’ll never know what was going on in their minds at the time. But you know you are good enough and I’m betting your local TOPS chapter is very supportive of your efforts and so proud of you!!

  2. “Not Good Enough” can be a challenge for any and all who will exceed the goal in weight loss and proportional eating instead of gorging the body every meal and in-between meals with high caloric foods. Being Good Enough can entail increasing daily exercise routine by five reps or by not buying that chocolate bar for a “chocolate high” when a carton of yogurt is less calories and better nourishment than a chocolate bar and the feeling of winning will last much longer than the immediate need of some type of stress reliever.

  3. Definitely a good reminder
    In my life these days I always say to myself is this good enough?
    I do know I need to really work on my confidence… some days I have zero confidence in myself which reflects on my journey. I was just presented the century award at our PRD. The whole time as I stood on that stage I was convinced I wasn’t worthy of this honour. I done the hard work and lost the 100 plus pounds. Then my head was telling me different. The reason I’m putting this out here is to remind us all that mindset plays a big part in this journey. Tops hugs to all

  4. Years ago, just after I turned 25, and 3 months after having my fourth child, a person very dear to me called me “FATTY”. I was 5′ 9” tall, 165 pounds, and wearing a size 14. I thought I was doing pretty good. That instant– that remark –has stayed with me all these 55 years. A cruel remark is so hard to forget, as RON stated at the beginning of this.

    1. I’m so sorry to hear that, Frieda. People sure can be careless with their words and it can be crushing. Just know that YOU are enough and WE are enough 🙂 And thank you for reading and for sharing! I know it can be tough, but it may help someone else realize they’re not alone.

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