I like to think of myself as a ‘work in progress’ vs ‘destination to get to’, but this has not always been the case. For most of my life I was a type A personality and I only had 2 options – win or lose. Either I was winning or I was losing. I was losing weight or I was gaining weight. I was all in or I was all out. That’s because my journey was ‘destination’ driven vs ‘journey’ driven.
It's taken me a looooong time to finally realize that I will always been on a journey to health and there will never be an end for me. There are many reasons why, and you might identify with some of these:
Let’s face it, it’s the very rare person who loses all their extra fat and keeps it off forever. I wish! Lol. We lose, we gain and when we don’t maintain our losses we can feel like failures. But let’s think of this in a different way: If we never tried we might be a lot heavier than we are. We also have periods in our lives when weight loss just isn’t a priority, and if we are super carb sensitive, we can gain weight easy. Instead of being so hard on ourselves, we need to realize that getting to our goal weight is not linear and we are going to go up and down throughout this process.
Most people that embark on the keto/low carb journey do it for weight loss, but soon they realize how much better their health becomes eating this way. Part of the progress journey is improving our health, with or without weight loss.
Like I was talking about before about being an A type personality, it was very hard for me to allow myself to not be ‘perfect’ and as such, I denied myself a lot of happiness. It took a long time to get this lesson ‘I don’t have to be perfect, I just have to make progress’. I took myself out of the race, I stopped comparing myself to others and I decided that I can progress with my weight loss and health, but I can color outside the lines when I feel like it and NOT feel guilty. That’s how I came up with the ‘One and Done’… the one and done means you have your ‘not perfect’ meal and then jump right back into your keto/low carb lifestyle. No looking back, no guilt.
❓ Do you feel like life is a journey, or a destination? What thought processes have held you back in the past?
~ Intentionally Bare