When you’re on a lifelong weight loss journey, it is amazing how fast you can get upset with yourself over perceived failures. I struggle with this, but I’m getting better. Why? I’m doing everything I can to be kind to myself and not beat myself up when I’m not losing as fast as I want or if I “cheat.” I honestly no longer consider it cheating if I don’t eat strictly LCHF. I have to do that. Otherwise, we’re back to deprivation as a motivation and we all know how that ends.
Here are some ways I’ve been kind to myself lately:
- I left the zoo (my happy place) when I got too tired and hot. As much as I love the zoo, I needed a break. I listened to my body.
- I bought a new mattress. I’m already sleeping better with the CPAP. I’m excited now to sleep on a nice mattress.
- I got a massage.
- I said no to some things and I don’t feel guilty about it.
- I bought a bottle of single malt scotch and have had a few shots.
For me, there is only one way I will reach my goal and that is not to make it about the goal. If that makes sense. As cliche as it sounds, it is truly about the journey and stopping to see the markers along the way and enjoy the view. The goal is almost secondary.
So my friends, be kind to yourself. Always. And don’t beat yourself up. Ever! And help me not beat myself up when the time comes. I am in no way perfect on this journey. Not by a long shot. However, increasingly I’m finding food is not kind to me, therefore, I’m not using food to be kind to myself.
That said, I’m off to be kind to myself. I’m going to go curl up with a good book.