Progress, Not Perfection

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I find that as I try to lose weight, I want myself to be perfect. I feel like if I’m not doing everything perfectly, then I should throw in the towel and go completely off the rails.

This mentality has caused me to fail, over and over again.

I mean, really… who is perfect??

Neither you nor I. We are human and can’t expect ourselves to be perfect. So then why do WE (and I say we because I’m not the only one out there that does this) feel like we have to be all or nothing?

It seems quite ridiculous! And all these fitness gurus who preach “perfection is the only way to weight loss” needs to get over themselves. They have never had a day of enjoying food and eating too much in their life!

I think that’s why I have failed, so many times!!!

If I’m not perfect, I’m not going to do it.

So, as I start my journey of developing healthy habits, My mantra I’m going to keep telling myself is:

Progress, Not Perfection

I might have some days that everything will fall into place and other days where nothing seems to go right. Life is unpredictable and I need to work with that unpredictability.

That’s why I’m starting slow.

1-2-or-3 habits at a time. Focus on those. Find ways to incorporate them into my lifestyle. And when I’m comfortable with them, and they’ve become second nature, I will incorporate a few more.

I imagine that some habits will be easier to implement than others.

And because of this, I’m going to focus on each habit for at least 30 days. And then evaluate my progress, and either extend that, or add another one.

What am I focusing on now?

I wrote out my list of habits I want to incorporate, and I’ve already thought of a few more. I just added them to my written list.

And Now I must pick my first 2-3 habits that I want to focus on. Complete with charts and rewards and everything else!

Here’s my priorities right now:

  • Water
  • Blogging
  • Scriptures

Three completely different things. But I think they’re all a great foundation.


I will drink 100 oz of water per day.

I still like soda, and haven’t decided I need to cut back on it (yet), but I also know that I need less chemicals (soda) and more clean water in my body. So, I’m going to push the water, but still allow myself a daily soda.

I have these fabulous water bottles that I got from NutriShop. I have one in each of my favorite colors (fun colors make them easier to use). The top line on it says 28 oz but I think the tag said they hold up to 32 oz.

Not bad!!!

The point of my talking about that, is that I can’t just say: I’m going to drink 100 oz of water a day, without a plan! I need a plan. My daily pan is this:

    Get up and throughout the morning and early afternoon drink two bottles of water, or more if I feel I need more water.
    After Amelia gets up from nap, I will go get me a Diet Dr Pepper. (I prefer fountain drinks, for some reason they taste so much better so I will go get one.)
    I will then drink another two bottles of water in the afternoon and evening.

As I have started to implement this over the last 2 days, I have found that I’m more thirsty in the evening. That could be because of the caffeine in the soda (it’s a diuretic which causes you to flush water out of your system) or because I’m not getting enough water in the morning.

I also feel like I have severe dry mouth in the evening. Is this because I need more water earlier in the day?

Or, I heard somewhere that could be a sign that I’m drinking to much caffeine. I know where I heard it (it was a book) but I can’t seem to find it on my audio book recording.


I will blog 3 times a week.

I want to document my journey. Kinda like a journal. And hope that at some point it might helps someone else make the same changes.

So I know that blogging is going to be a priority.

I think blogging is going to be evolving and changing as I make progress.

However, during my 3 times a week, I’m not really sure what to include. Maybe I need to write about each habit individually and why it’s important.

Or maybe I just need to do an update.

I will do an update every 10 days of my habit, when I’m building and implementing it into my life.

I want to talk about how I’ve been doing, what’s hard or easy about it, how I feel, and if I think there’s an easier way/time/day to do it.


I will read my scriptures at least 15 minutes daily

Making time for the Lord should be a priority. I know that as I add him in to my life, it will be easier to ask for his help and to make positive changes for me.

After all, he wants us to be happy and to take care of these bodies he has given us.

15 minutes is but a small amount of time to devote to scriptures daily. It should be a “no matter what” in my day.

I’m not going to say: I will read them at this time every day, because let’s face it, it doesn’t always happen this way.

So I have thought of 3 times that will work:

  • First thing in the morning, if I wake up before Amelia.
  • First thing after I put her down for nap.
  • First thing after I put the kids to bed.

I know I need quiet and focus. So, Amelia needs to be in bed. In the evening my husband usually has the TV on, so it can get noisy. I would prefer to get it done in one of the first two slots, but we will see how that goes.

I think I have a solid plan. Now I just need to make some charts.

Another one of my mantras is going to be: You’ve got this!

And you’ve got this too, if you want to make them too!