This Day 18 of my Six Pack Diet challenge.
I mentioned yesterday that most of the success of any diet is a battle fought in your head.
This is so important when your diet is failing because you’re at a vulnerable stage.
You have to get your thinking right and get a little perspective.
In an ideal world everything about your diet goes well and you lose fat at a constant rate and end up at your target weight on your target day.
But life’s not like that
This week my life has been spent mostly coping with five children at home (my 4 and their cousin), keeping them fed, watered and entertained whilst still doing everything else I need to do.
It’s a change from my usual comfortable and well rehearsed routine, and like it or not it impacts on the other things in life, just as it impacts upon my diet.
I definitely haven’t seen the progress I was hoping for this week, but I’m OK about it.
Why wouldn’t I be? It’s only a diet, the world isn’t ending and at worst I’ve delayed the outcome of my challenge for a week. So what?
I only have to look at the comparison pictures I put together a few days ago to realise that even with the ‘slow week’ I am still a million miles away from where I was at 205lbs.
The truth is that if I couldn’t reach my goal and get the flat stomach, I would’t be crushed if I had to stick with the body composition I have today. It is so much better than it was before – I look better and I feel better.
So much of what we do when we diet is projecting into the future, but it’s important to register how good things are for us right now.
And things are still great for me. I’m no longer fat and I’m still within spitting distance of a flat stomach.
I’m not failing just because my progress has slowed and you’re not failing if you took a week off from your diet while you coped with the school break / the new job / a family crisis / huge car repair bill / illness.
Get some perspective and pick up your diet where you left off.
You only fail when you don’t start again.
My Diet Pictures
This is me today 18 Feb 2012
This is me on day one of the challenge
This is me when I was 205 lbs of wobbly
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