“WELL, CONGRATULATIONS, YOU FAILED. Now what?”
I know people have been harping on The Biggest Loser this season because of the child ambassadors or Jillian Michaels’ crazy training tactics. She’s tough and she’s mean but I like her. I mean, I would hate her as a trainer but she gets results and she pushes people beyond their limits. Or rather, what they think are their limits.
The first or second show in, she had a screaming match with one of the contestants and said this above line. The contestant was having a hard time because she was afraid of failing with the workouts, that they would be too hard and she couldn’t do them.
I love that. Because I have failed. I have failed a lot, especially when it comes to healthy living. I think we can get stuck on those failures, it runs an endless loop through our brains as we remember all the different times we have failed with a plethora of different things. Workouts and eating and drinking and calorie counting and food journaling. On and on and on and on. I have failed so much.
I failed. It happens. Congratulations to me. I have fallen off the wagon. I have binged. I have made plans and fallen apart. I have treated my body like crap.
I have failed.
But NOW WHAT?
What am I going to do now? How am I going to get back up and try again? That’s the key to all of this. Recognizing failures and setbacks but moving on. Not giving up because you failed once, twice, three times, or even twenty times. Moving forward, making action plans, figuring out what to do differently next time to turn that failure into a success.
One day, it’s all going to click. I can’t describe it, but it’s as if a sensor goes off in your brain and all those past failures, all those times you got smacked to the ground but stood up and tried again only to get smacked on the ground again… they lead to success. They are necessary, sometimes, to find success.
I tried over and over again to give up soda. I tried quitting cold turkey. Didn’t work. I tried slowly working it out of my life, baby step by baby step. Didn’t work. Until finally, things clicked. Something shifted in my brain where I suddenly got it. I am on Day 16 of my soda fast and holy hell, it is hard. I crave it. I want it. But I just don’t give in. Why? Why is this time different, when all those other times I gave in?
I don’t have the right answer. The craving to end my addiction to soda is greater than the craving to have soda. As much as I want it, I feel so much better about myself when I deny myself the craving. I feel strong and in control of my body.
I’m not doing everything right. In fact, I’m doing a lot more things wrong when it comes to healthy eating than right. But I will get there. Slowly. With failures rattling behind me. But I will keep pushing, keep fighting, keep trying.
Failures happen. It’s inevitable, no matter what we do. We’re going to slip up and make mistakes. The important part is to move on.
So you failed at something.
Congratulations! You are human.
Starting Weight: 166.6 lbs
Current Weight: 164.2 lbs
Weight Gained This Week: +.4 lbs
Weight Lost Total: 2.4 lbs