Dealing with disappointment

I think I pretty much have to face facts:  this week was not a productive week.  Oh, sure, there were extenuating circumstances.  But at the end of the day, I still haven’t hit my calorie budget or exercise goals for three of the last five days.  As a result, I’m probably breaking even.  Maybe even gaining a little.  Clearly, I hope I’m wrong.  But I don’t think so.  Which leads to an important question, one which everyone on this sort of journey has to face.

How do you deal with it?

Clearly, if I’ve regained some weight, I’ll be upset.  If things go really bad, and I’ve gained enough back to go back over 300 lbs, I’ll be really upset – that was a huge milestone for me, and it isn’t one I want to lose out on.  So, if this worst case scenario happens, how will I cope?

Well, simply put, I’ll cope by remembering that this is a process.  That I’ve made enormous progress in the year since I started, and that a small setback isn’t the end of the world.  I’ll cope by remembering that my plan works, and that by living within my calorie budget and exercising I can do this.  And I’ll cope by remembering all of the wonderful people in my life that are rooting for me, and all of the reasons that I have for wanting to succeed.  Then I’ll stop whining, and get back to work.  Because I’m changing my life, not going on a diet.  Setbacks are temporary.

Still, I hope you all won’t be offended if I say I really hope I’m wrong about what will happen when I weigh in.  I’d rather not have the setback, thank you very much.  Wish me luck!

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