The quest for that elusive state has turned many a good day into a diet disaster.
As Tina wrote in today’s 30 Days of Self Love post:
Our simple act of desiring perfection ends up leaving us with even less of what could be called a “perfect” life because we miss out on life.
I’d say she’s perfectly right, but because perfection is a state that does not exist, I have to content myself with saying, “That is so true.” 😉
I find it to be especially true on the diet front. Many times, I’ll be going along, making pretty good choices until …
… I decide to have a cookie from the breakroom at work … Or I choose a hamburger and fries for lunch … Or the Boyfriend suggests/insists that I eat _________.
Suddenly, all bets are off. I equate that single not-so-great choice (which in itself wouldn’t do that much damage) with a pass to keep eating crap. Because I’m not sticking to my diet perfectly, I end up not sticking to it at all.
This is a problem for me — a BIG problem. I’ve written before about how that all-or-nothing mentality trips me up.
Instead of falling into the trap of trying to be perfectly OP, I need to remember what Roni said:
You will never be “perfect”. Not your diet, not your body, not anything. Do your best everyday and make the best choices you can to live a happy, active, healthy life. When you relieve yourself of the pressure of perfection you just might be able to reach your goals.
So right … and it fits in so well with Tina’s message today. A good reminder to do what I can, when I can.
As one of my friends in Logansport used to say (quoting her mentor when things in the newsroom got too crazy, or too many demands/expectations were heaped up): All you can do is all you can do.