Every Monday, I wake up thinking about last week’s goals. Did I accomplish them? Yes! No. I’ve failed to reach my goals for several weeks in a row. Why do I even keep trying? You’ll have to keep reading to find out.
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Almost three years ago, I embarked on a health and fitness journey. My long-term goal was to lose all the excess baby weight I had gained during my last pregnancy. More than 50 pounds in all.
Now, I am actually 55 pounds lighter, but I confess the journey has been everything but easy. It’s been hard, really hard.
Many times, I’ve found myself at a plateau where nothing seems to work. I’ve slipped back into my old bad habits time after time. I’ve had one too many portions of sweets. I’ve tried healthy recipes that didn’t turn out to be so good. I’ve felt tired of the whole thing and I’ve felt like I should just give up.
Right now, it’s one of those bad times. For the last few weeks, I’ve dragged myself out of bed every Monday with a heavy feeling for not reaching the goals I set for myself during the week. I keep failing to stick to plan. Should I just give up?
No. Failure is necessary to succeed. Failure is life’s feedback. Without failure, we can’t know if we’re doing things right or not. Failure is a lesson we need to learn.
But when you fail, you are not the problem. The plan failed, things didn’t work out. Not you, so don’t put yourself down. You should think things through and learn whatever failure is trying to teach you. Only then will you succeed.
I’ve been failing to stick to a healthy eating plan, so I need to take a step back and work out the problem. It happens. It’s happened to me before. I need to learn why the plans have failed. I need to think things through.
One thing is for sure. I’m not going to give up. I’m going to continue on this health and fitness journey because I’ve learned so much from it that it’s changed my life and my body for the better. Failures and all, it’s been a huge success.
Besides, you only really fail when you give up.