This definitely resonates the most with me out of all the inspirational quotes on here. During the month of January, I ate a strict paleo diet, worked out at Crossfit every day and ran, and I got the fittest, slimmest body of my whole life. I stopped craving junk food and sweets, I even stopped craving carbs and looked forward to eating salads for meals and snacking on veggies or hard boiled eggs. I literally saw myself getting leaner every single day. Well after 30 days, I gave myself a “cheat day”, which turned into a weekend, into a week, and now it’s been 10 days (TEN days) and I have already gained 4 inches on my stomach and can’t even “suck it in” or flex hard enough to get to where I was BEFORE I lost the weight. I guess a big contributor to my happiness was my results, my physical appearance.. which comes to show that my body image never really got better, just my body. Well now that the “perfect figure” is gone, I’m back to being unhappy with myself. I’m embarrassed, and I feel like I failed.
Reading this quote, that failure is a step in this journey, really gives me hope to move forward from this. So what if I ate ice cream and 5 donuts and 3 cookies today? So what if the past 10 days brought me back to looking how I did before? All the hard work I did isn’t lost. Even though I can’t see it anymore doesn’t mean it never happened. The weight I gained is now my next hurdle to jump over. I got a flat, toned stomach once. Doesn’t mean I can’t do it again and do it better.