Many times in our pursuit to live a happier and healthier lifestyle we fall short of our goals. We find we just can’t resist the second helping of our favorite dish or we just have to have some french fries or some ice cream. We indulge ourselves in this treat and then beat ourselves up for making the mistake. This can lead to more overindulgence and before we know it we have gained back some or all of the weight we have lost. We think we can eat just one potato chip and find ourselves eating the whole bag. The old commercial rings in our ears that “Nobody can eat just one” and we justify in our own minds it is not our fault. But the truth bears down upon our soul and we begin feeling bad about the decision we made and before you know it we have thrown in the towel and have given up completely on our weight loss goals.
This is when we must pick ourselves up and strive forward and not let our momentary lapse of willpower keep us from success. So what! We made a mistake. Is this a reason to give up completely? I THINK NOT! We must learn from these mistakes so we don’t make them again or at least where we can pick ourselves back up and get back on track. We should examine our feelings and try to figure out why we slipped and fell. However, we should not do this so much that we belabor the point and make ourselves feel even worse than we already do. We should take it as it is, a mistake, a slip, a fall and give ourselves a break and press forward. Reaffirm yourself. Think positively! We CAN and WILL do it! We will reach our goals! Take that leap of faith and jump with both feet into the water. It is possible to live a healthy lifestyle. We will be happier once we find the path and stay on it. As I discussed in my last article, Blurt: Are you winning the game of Life ?, when I quoted Yogi Bera, “It ain’t over till it’s over!” Don’t Give Up! Remember You CAN and WILL do it! What does it take? Read Blurt: Hit Your Target!
If you have made mistakes, even serious ones, there is always another chance for you. What we call failure is not the falling down, but the staying down. ~Mary Pickford