I remembered something about myself tonight. I’ m a perfectionist.
Shocking, I know. But I’ve really struggled over the past few days with a synopsis for my editor. Tonight I wasn’t feeling well, was trying to finish the synopsis and send it off, trying to bolster my sinking writer’s self-confidence, and it hit me — I don’t have my blog post up for tomorrow. Maybe we could skip just one week? Oh, heaven forbid!!! My perfectionist tendencies kicked in. I certainly could not do that.
Looking back over the last week, I’ve felt the same way in another area: my diet. I haven’t done it perfectly, so I’ve been very down on myself. Exercise is going well, but I haven’t followed my diet to the letter. So of course nothing is working. Of course I feel fat. Of course I’m depressed.
Because I’m not perfect. Hello! We’re not supposed to be.
Yes, I can try harder. But I also think this perfectionist thing hurts me. You see, if I can’t do something perfectly, why do it? It’s a lot easier to just give up. 🙂 So this week I’m going to focus on 1 meal at a time, and stop beating myself up over every little mistake.
Challenge: Are you a perfectionist? Or are you more flexible? How do your personality traits hinder or help your weight loss goals?
Check in today and let us know how you’re doing!
Dani (who promises to turn on the comments this week so Ella doesn’t panic!!!)