Some people have asked me how I started my weight loss. My first few months in the blog archive explain it all.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Aim for the grass baby!

Carrot came over and let me know I am going crazy in the spelling dept.

Ironically I represented my 4th grade class in the all school spelling bee. I was once that good. I went down on receive.

Blogging on my little g1 phone is like driving a pinto amongst Mercedes. The screen is so little I can't spell check with out much grief. This is strangely theraputic.

For perfectionists like me there can be truly "too much of a good thing." Making mistakes in public is good therapy, it helps my overactive worrying self understand that the world will not end if I am not perfect.

More than a few perfectionists I know just wont set new goals because perfection is so hard to obtain. Perfection is a ball and chain tied to your leg while you teeter over water on a bridge which you are clinging onto with one finger.

Be mediocre and see what happens,

Medium to some is a healthy goal.

This applies to me in my weight loss.

An example. At my heaviest, I made several attempts to lose weight by setting my goal impossibly high.

One time I stated that "I will not eat sugar or chocolate for a year" I said that out loud to my family and friends. Just like you read you should in a magazine.

In the car 2 hours later my son offered me a bag of Dove chocolates. In my sugar lust, I forgot and ate one. I was teased about the broken resolution and then I surrendered.

No, I did not happily "pick myself up, brush myself off and start all over again" I grabbed the bag, claimed it was a stupid goal and that I didn't care and ate every single chocolate by myself! Ha I showed them I didn't care!" (whoever I was showing I am sure was unimpressed.)

"Shoot for the moon and get the stars" implies that you are the kind of person that sets impossibly high goals and then merrily basks in failure realizing that you although a loser, are so much better off than before.

If I shoot to lose 100 lbs in 6 months time and lose only 2 lbs the first week, I give up, resign in abject failure and go eat a polish sausage.

Pick realistic goals and be happy.



"shoot for the moon..."


"Aim for the grass, and at the end of the day you will be out of the dirt."

And tomorrow will take care of itself....


Heffalump said...

Hmmmm...I think I may be a wallowing perfectionist!
Aiming for the grass sounds inspired, thanks!

Heidi said...

Thanks for the inspiration!

MJJ said...

So true.

I'm glad your phone is so theraputic (how's that for bad spelling!)

Carrot Jello said...

Amen. That is why I aim to lose 15 pounds by Christmas. At that rate, by the time I hit 50, I will have lost all my weight. Somebody better throw me a party for that one.
I think "MJJ" is Michael Jordan.
Either that, or it's Michael Jackson's ghost.
You're so fancy, having celebrities coming here.

Calamity Jane said...

Heffalump, welcome to the lawn

Heidi- right back at you

Mjj - nice to know our kids don't have a chance at making it past the 4th grade spelling bee.

Carroty, do you not realize michael jacksons ghost would sign off as mjg. And do you not then realize that my mighty husband's initials are very similar to michael jordans? What a guy! That mjj is a cutie!

Amy said...

This is where I live. In the dirt reaching for grass. Now I just need to set some realistic goals...

Nathan said...

ugh. I got stuck at your comment about spelling bees.

I hated them when I was little, but I think that had more to do with being judged than having to spell.

I was always the kid who blanked out and lost it on a word like "smell" or "desk."


Jennifer B. said...

Good advice. Thanks for a new point of view.

As Told By Molly said...

Some times I have to say things out loud because if I don't I'm the only one I'm letting down and since I didn't listen to myself in the first place, chances are good I can ignore myself again when I start teasing me

Bad spellers untie!
(Saw that on a bumper sticker once.)

house cleaner salt lake said...

A tough job but im sure inspired to do it.