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.

Perfectionist Self-Check

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!

Coach Tam