Failure Leads to Success

So, I failed.  It happens.  I was talking to my mom the other day and she reminded me that failure is not truly “failing.”  It is a cornerstone to greatness.  It is another chance to do it again and this time, do it differently.

As many of you know, I am a teacher.  I have taught for 19 years.  We used to teach the keys of excellence.  One of them was “Failure Leads to Success.”  We would teach the kids that in order to succeed, you sometimes have to fail.  That is how they learn and grow.  That is how they learn right from wrong.  It is all part of human nature.  The biggest thing they must do is learn from their mistakes and Move-On.  Don’t continue to make the same mistakes over and over.  That won’t work.

Failure is Success in Progress

This week so far has been really good.  I have made some positive changes and taken some baby steps toward being successful.  I guess one can say I have been successful over all this week.  Let me just highlight a few changes I have made:

  • I gave up all sweets.
  • I limited my carb intake.
  • I tried intermittent fasting (not sure about this one just yet).
  • I ate more vegetables than normal.
  • I said “No” to cookie cake (one of my favorites)
  • I drank more water.
  • I drank less soda.
  • I sold an items taking up a big spot in my garage that we were not using.
  • I took a “me” day.
  • I watched a movie from beginning to end.
  • I got my hair done.
  • I stopped letting a toxic person have any control over my thoughts or actions.

Wow…that’s actually quite a lot of successes!  I guess when I write it down, it looks like a lot more than I thought!

It’s all about baby steps.  All of these small changes are going to add up the more consistent I am with them.  We will see what the scale says on Monday but I am feeling pretty good about many of these changes.

I still have lots of work to do.  I need to add some exercise into my routine…even if it is just walking for now.  I need to move more.  Exercise will look different now that I have a two year old and a lab puppy but it should look more fun.  It does need to be changed and tweaked.

As with everything, this whole weight loss thing is about learning and growing and trying again…and again…and again.  As long as we are trying, we are growing and that is what really matters.

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About Jennifer Swafford

Jennifer is an elementary school teacher who is trying to lose 100+ pounds. She has certainly learned how much It Sux To Be Fat and is here to motivate you to live a healthy lifestyle.