Quick question and be honest…
Do you beat yourself up when things do not go according to plan? If so, you just may be a perfectionist.
I am a “recovering perfectionist” so I know ALL about this life and how it can wreak havoc on your weight loss and fitness goals.
The Perfectionist Trap
When I was stuck in a perfectionist mindset, I saw things as either good or bad – there is no middle ground. If I did not score a perfect 10, in my mind, I was a total failure. This is a very dangerous mindset to have when your goal is to lose weight and get in shape because no one is perfect.
Until I could get past the belief that I had to be perfect to lose weight and keep it off, I couldn’t make any real progress. Each time I “messed up”, I threw up my hands and quit. If I’m honest, it was easier to quit than it was to push forward.
What if it is NOT your diet or exercise routine that is keeping you from reaching your goals. What if the real culprit is your perfectionism?
You might be a perfectionist if you:
- Tend to think in all or nothing terms (ex. I blew my diet today so there is no point in working out).
- Do not celebrate your successes (like eating 1 cookie instead of 2).
- Weigh yourself more than once a week (sometimes daily or several times a day).
- Get down in the dumps or give up when you do not reach your goals (and then console yourself with chocolate or a bowl of ice cream).
If you can identify with one or more of these statements, you just might be a perfectionist but PLEASE do not beat yourself up!
Instead, click here for some quick tips on abandoning perfectionism in today’s Two Minute Temple Tip.
Have a magnificent Monday!