Maintain #10: Fall Down 7 Times, Get Up 8!

September 24, 2014

Maintain #10: Fall Down 7 Times, Get Up 8!

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My name is Laina and I’m bloody sick of managing my weight.

I can’t even begin to convey how bored I am with this whole process.

Sometimes I feel like a total failure, because I have to keep doing this “lose/gain/lose” process...

and sometimes I feel like a shining beacon of success, because I do keep doing it.

One of my friends on Facebook shared this quote, which I’m totally feeling after over 10 years of managing my weight:

“Perseverance is the hard work you do after you get tired of doing the hard work you already did.”

• It’s a long slog.
• I’m going to be doing this the rest of my life.
• I’m going to be up some weeks and down some weeks.
• I’m going to feel like a failure on the bad weeks and shining beacon of success on the good weeks.

And my weight is never going to just be stable.

I’m always going to have to fight this fight.

I took my foot off the gas once for about a year as I worked through a deep depression, and when I came out of it I had gained back 50 pounds.

Sounds like a lot, huh?

I bet it does to you, but to me, when I look at where I came from, that’s only a quarter of what I had lost!

Yeah, I gained some back but it was only a quarter of what I’d lost which, frankly, isn’t all that bad!

For some perspective: if I’d lost 40 pounds and gained back 10 I wouldn’t have felt like a failure, I’d have felt like I needed to get back to work.

So then I got back to work and lost those 50 pounds.

Again.

All the methods I’ve detailed here in the “10 Things I Did To Lose 200 Pounds” series.

Some people might find it depressing, that the prize for losing a bunch of weight is to be ever-vigilant, but consider the alternative.

The prize for me is being healthy and taking the best care of my body I can. Feeling good and looking good and being strong and fit and mighty.

Sometimes I slip up and fall down.

And then I get back up, dust myself off, and succeed again.

So can you!




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