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Sparkpeople likes to put stress on what they call their “Woohoo Wednesdays.” Basically, it’s a day to acknowledge even little successes: whether it’s through weight loss or other personal goals.

I’ll be honest here. I’ve been struggling a bit with self-control when it comes to my eating habits and compulsive overeating. Let’s just say that I can’t ask my parents to buy the Kashi GoLean Crunchy bars at Costco, I have to stick to buying them one at a time for now.

I’m normally not an optimistic person. In fact, my pessimism might be one of my worst qualities. For some reason, however, I’ve been a little more optimistic. Sure, twice within the past week (Tuesday and last Friday) I’ve gone above and beyond my calorie limits, but I actually can’t help focusing on the successes: even among the so-called dieting “failures.”

  1. I’ve done a workout every Monday through Saturday since re-starting Spark on August 1. Most days have been 20 minute workouts (Jillian Michael’s 30 Day Shred) although these past couple days I’ve only done a short 12 minute Walk Away the Pounds 1 mile workout. Still, this is the longest I’ve ever worked out consistently. More impressively, I even worked out on days I’ve binged. Historically speaking, those are days I’m less likely to do anything except sit around and stuff my face even more.
  2. For the first time, I’m actually tracking my binges. Sure, I have to estimate a bit, but I’m writing down everything I’ve been eating: even if the numbers are scary.
  3. Yesterday (Tuesday) I made sure to measure my portions instead of just digging in and pigging out at random.
  4. I refused chips on Friday even though I was a bit off-plan. Chips can be one of my biggest weaknesses, and I try to avoid them in social settings because they are very easy for me to overeat and hard for me to measure/track accurately.
  5. I decided to order spaghetti squash with my ribs at Ruby Tuesdays last night. Sure, I also got fries, but the “before” me would have gotten both fries and sweet potato fries. I still got one healthy side.
  6. I’ve been drinking enough fluids (mostly water and tea).
  7. I’ve realized that even though I am still a little weak around junk food, the thought of having some fresh fruit (especially cherries- you have to get them while you don’t have to spend your life savings on them) sounds much more appealing than most desserts right now. I’m also a little excited to have a veggie-centered lunch tomorrow: one that will include spaghetti squash, spinach, mushrooms, garlic, and maybe some tofu. (I’ve also been having a number of vegetarian meals/days lately). I’m actually excited to go to the Farmer’s Market for produce; I might even use it as a exercise reward for tomorrow!
So, how about you? Have you been struggling with any personal goals (weight loss or otherwise)? Whether you’ve been struggling or not, what are some ways you’ve been succeeding? Try making a list of personal victories you’ve made recently. It might change your perspective when you see that even though you’ve “fallen off the wagon” in some areas, you might be cruising along in others. Leave a comment below to share your successes and failures. You never know how they’ll inspire someone else!