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Persistence is the key to weight loss not perfection. - Group talk week commencing 15/11/2021



Winston Churchill - "Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm."


Natalie Wright - "Life is not about perfection. It's about persistence."


"A river cuts through rock not because of its power, but because of its persistence."


Aisha Tyler - "Success is not the absence of failure: Its the persistence through failure."


Court McGee - "Progress not perfection... You can't be perfect at everything. But you can gain progress on a daily basis."


We are all here wanting to lose or maintain our weight, some days it feels like there is no margin for errors. However according to nutritionists a stretch of eating perfectly can actually rebound, causing us to beeline to abandonment of our journey, whereas consistency is fundamental and keeps us chiselling away.


Due to social media, media, peer pressure etc... we strive for perfection as we compare ourselves to unreal icons, as they have been touched up, edited air brushed or had plastic surgery...


When we strive for perfection but regress we throw in the towel on the day or worse the journey, with the attitude "all or nothing".


The reality is one meal is not going to make that many changes, if you take back the control immediately, you can reverse any effects of indulgent.


If we change everything about the way we eat, it is simply too much at once, however if we make small, steady changes one habit at a time it becomes second nature and we can actually reach our goals faster.


Perfection - Restrictive - then over indulgent.

Persistence - Life - Long healthy eating.


Edit your all-or-nothing thoughts.


  1. Set open goals - Just one or two at a time small but effective that can be developed.

  2. No food is off limits - You can eat all foods in moderation.

  3. Get back to tracking - Track everything that passes your lips, know what you are eating and be accountable.

  4. Switch things up to avoid boredom - don't allow yourself to get in a rut try new foods new recipes mix it up.

  5. Celebrate your success - However small celebrate feel proud.

I know how hard it is to be on track, but persistent of repeating habits day in, day out, keeps me chiselling away, whatever life throws at me in-between times. believe in yourself, strive for persistence not perfection.


Resources:

https://www.postindepentent.com/news/health/torres-column-persistence-is-the-key-to-reaching-your-goal/

https://blog.myfitnesspal.com/why-consistency-beats-perfection-for-losing-weight/

https://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=153207




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