Funny motivational speaker
AARGHHHH….. after a week of evenings watching The Ozarks, while binging on nightly popcorn and chocolates, I finally got up the courage to weigh myself. I gained back five pounds of my fifteen-pound weight loss. No surprise, I’ve eaten enough chocolate to feed an army of teenage girls after their first breakup.
Failure doesn’t shape your life; your response to failure shapes your life.
This powerful statement reminds me that I choose how to view a situation or event. I can see this as a temporary setback and use it to recommit to my goal, or I view it as the beginning of a downward spiral.
When I slip into the downward, “I blew it” mood, I first pout for a while, but afterward, use these two tools to move me through the challenge.
1. I create two distinctly different choices of how I can view this setback.
This moment can create an opportunity to beat myself up, or I can use it as a data point evidence that eating at night doesn’t work for me.
This setback can become a trigger to replay my past failures or see it as a temporary, reversible setback.
This failure can be the moment I the towel and forget about losing 20 lbs by my milestone May birthday or take. I can use this slip up as a jump-off point to a new fiercer beginning.
2. I become grateful.
Gratitude turns what we have into enough-Aesop.
Losing weight is just a small part of my life. When I list all the things for which I am grateful, my perspective shifts. I am thankful for my supportive, excellent work partner, and husband, Steve. Grateful for close relationships with my two inspiring daughters. Grateful, Steve and I moved my elderly mom from her oversized home into a senior living apartment close to us. Thankful for the new curtains in our bedroom. Grateful for our air fryer. This list goes on and on.
Weight is an ongoing challenge for me, but I have success in other aspects of my life. Highlighting the positives in my life puts current problems in perspective.
When you feel yourself slipping into a downward, “I blew it, or everything is wrong” mood, use mental flexibility to shift your perspective, and choose gratitude to move through the challenge to success.
Life is 10% of what happens to you and 90% of how you react to it-Charles Swindoll.
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