“Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.” -Brian Littrell
It is completely possible you have seen this quote on a magnet at a cutesy gift shop. Anyway, this quote has really been swirling around in my head quite a bit lately as I have contemplated the idea of perfect eating and activity. It is no secret I have half-assed it (admittedly) at times in the past nine months. I’ve had plateaus and so-called set-backs. I’ve gained weight when my goal is obviously to lose it. My most unsuccessful weeks are the unfocused, whiney and feeling-sorry-for-myself because of the enormity of losing 100+ pounds weeks.
My best weeks are focused. Well-planned. Full of activity and vegetables, lacking in food cooked out of the home.
“Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.” Perfection for me is the moon, but since I haven’t been shooting for it, I’m landing – nowhere. No stars. Well, maybe not NOWHERE, per se (I HAVE lost weight). But this has me asking – where WOULD I land if I shot for perfection?
The idea of perfection has overwhelmed me for some time. I have really been thinking of what it means I will need to give-up, rather than what it means I will take on. It is completely possible I will learn even more healthy eating and activity habits. Will I always be perfect? Much to my chagrin, likely not. BUT, I don’t want to be so forgiving with myself when I do fall off course.
As part of this effort (starting
Monday Tuesday), I will also be aiming for a three-pound-per-week weight loss. “GASP!” I hear? Yes, it is drastic. But again, it comes down to shooting for the moon. If I shoot for 3lbs (based on healthy eating and increased activity), imagine what might happen on the scale.