Failure is a tool

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I could never get away from In-n-Out Burgers. They were a weakness for me that I had to tackle.

I have met many dejected people who are upset or reeling from a recent failure at trying a healthy lifestyle. They don’t understand why they were unable to succeed where they had seen me or others succeed at getting healthy and losing weight.

I ask these people about what they ate. I ask them to consider their portion sizes. I ask them to look at the types of foods they ate, and how often they allowed themselves to stray from the letter of the law, so to speak. I don’t ask for them to tell me the answers, but for them to think about them because it’s likely that the answer lies among those issues.

We all fail at things. When it comes to diet and fitness, I have failed many times in my life. I failed so often at losing weight that I was close to giving up entirely. I finally got honest with myself and found that I wasn’t ever doing enough. On top of that, the information I was working with was flawed, and led me further and further from actually being healthy. Once I found LCHF, things clicked and I was able to apply myself. But how did I get to LCHF? From multiple failures.

Through those failures, I learned that I needed to control my appetite, I needed to reduce cravings, I needed to feel full between meals, and the meals themselves had to be tasty. I also needed to find something that didn’t require routine trips to the gym because that was something I certainly wouldn’t do. I was able to build a list of things I knew I had to have to be successful based on all the things that led me to failure in the past. Once I had this list, things got easier. So much easier, in fact, that it actually worried me that perhaps there was something wrong with me physically, and that the weight loss was a coincidence. Someone even told me that it was possible. I had two physicals my first year of LCHF, and they confirmed what I had hoped: I was healthier than when I started my first Whole30, and my health was improving in leaps and bounds.

Failure stinks, and we try to avoid it, but when you do fail, take a long, hard, and honest look at why you failed, and without assigning blame, note those items and vow to yourself to not repeat those mistakes. Then, you will learn, and you will lead yourself to the success you desire.

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