It’s Okay to Fail; It’s Not Okay to Give Up

I’m not sure I can count the number of times that I’ve started some weight loss effort. At least every January since I was 10. Later it was every May, too so that I could “be ready for summer”. In 2007 I felt like I was starting over or cranking up every month and then every week. After my RNY in 2009, it felt as if I started over every day. Each day a new opportunity to stick to the plan. Then I stopped doing that for a long time. I started over again in October. Every day a new chance to move my body. Every day an opportunity to try new foods that taste fabulous and make me feel good. I don’t know if I’ll ever make it to my “goal weight”. I don’t think that’s as important anymore. What I think is crucial is that I’m not giving up. So, it’s okay to fail; it’s not okay to give up. That’s my mantra and I’ve found that by using it in my exercise classes or when I eat, my stress level drops and then I’m able to do more than I thought I could. Because until you try, you’ve already failed. And giving up is just not trying again. So, repeat after me: It’s okay to fail; it’s not okay to give up. One more time – louder! It’s okay to fail! It’s not okay to give up! IT’S OKAY TO FAIL! IT’S NOT OKAY TO GIVE UP!

Whew!

That feels good, doesn’t it? Have a great day.

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2 thoughts on “It’s Okay to Fail; It’s Not Okay to Give Up

  1. Let’s reframe the incendiary term “fail.” That word elicits so many self-loathing connotations.

    “I will adjust my perfectionistic goals to those that are reasonable and reachable. I will do my best to maintain consistency.

    Each day I will exhibit behaviors and language that show that I love who I am, and who I am becoming.

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