• talks about her Confessions


    Confession #1: I have a big crush on food.


    This weekend I was at a health coach training {my job is seriously the best!} and I did a little role playing with my health coach {me & my guy with her & her guy-they lost a combined 80 pounds!}.  She was playing the part of coach & I played the part of the client.  She asked a question about what has been the struggle for me when I’ve previously tried losing weight.

    I said, “food.  it’s always food.” She asked what would be the hardest thing about getting on program now.  I said, “food.  Seriously, it’s always food.”


    Everyone laughed, but afterward I was thinking about it.  I LOVE food.  And, it’s a love/hate relationship because it was and still is, my greatest demon.  {realistically I know food isn’t the real demon-it’s me-because food is a non living thing, but you know what I’m saying}.  My complete and utter adoration of food hasn’t changed since losing weight.  I didn’t suddenly get to my goal weight and think, “I feel so awesome.  I hate food.  All sugar disgusts me and the only things I want to eat are vegetables, lean protein, low carbohydrate grains & fruit, and water.”  Nope, didn’t happen.  Thoughts of food & when/what I’ll eat next still take up more room in my head than I care to admit.  I definitely still have days where {like last Friday} where I have to consciously choose-on a minute to minute basis-not to binge & eat everything in sight.  I still have times where I do binge and eat a ton of stuff that’s not good for me.


    But, those times are getting farther apart.  And, I know how to stop them now.  I am also completely aware when that happens, I willingly take responsibility for what I’m doing, and I accept the natural consequences and move on.  Even though food is still one of the loves in my life, I’m no longer a slave to it.  That is so empowering and so amazing to me.  It’s just one of the many wonderful bi-products of my experience with Take Shape for Life.


    Confession #2: Sometimes spam comments make sense to me.


    I get a LOT of spam comments on this blog, unfortunately.  Sometimes I just delete them all without even glancing past their weird internet names or addresses, but occasionally the content in one catches my eye & I laugh at their misspelled words and their overflowing kindness about my site.  Because they’re obviously coming from such sincere robots. (:


    Today though, while deleting 62 spammers remarks and weeding out the 1 true comment from yesterday, I found one I actually related to.  You could tell the bots were smart about this one.  My only tip off that it was a bot was the suspicious name/address it came from, and the consistently misspelled words.  When I fixed the misspellings, the content was good stuff.  It said,


    “By no means have I mastered these, but here are two principles that have helped me with my own perfectionism:

    1) The Fail Faster Principle: The faster you fail, learn, try again, and repeat, the faster you will succeed. The only way to succeed is to fail first. Accept failure as part of the process that leads to success. Without failing first, one cannot achieve success.

    2) The 80/20 Principle: 80 percent of your results come from 20 percent of your efforts. Become a perfectionist in doing, and only doing, the 20 percent of the work that gets you the 80 percent of the results. This way you insure that your perfectionism aids you in achieving your goals, rather than preventing you from achieving them.


    Weirdly profound, eh?  As strange as this random bot comment was, I agree with both these principles quite a bit.  I feel like my whole life up to this point, I strove so hard for perfection that I wouldn’t let myself fail {which meant often not trying at all} and then never got anywhere.  Now that I’ve put myself out there in terms of stepping out of my comfort zone and really tackling the things I’m self conscious about, I fail a lot.  And I feel like the failing is happening more quickly.  I start doing well, I fail, I learn, I try again, I do great, I fail, I learn, I try again.  Each time I fail I get up more quickly than the last which tells me something super cool: I’m not taking it as personally.  I’m realizing that I’m human.  That I’m going to make mistakes.  That no one on this earth is perfect.  Not even me. (:  And, I’m okay with it.  I’m going to keep working on it, though.

    What are your thoughts?


    {image via Pinterest}


3 Responses to Two for Tuesday

  • Meredith S wrote on February 21, 2012 at 3:36 // Reply

    Love it, Karli! I’m glad I’m not the only one who suffers from binge eating. Its so weird and emotional – I suddenly want to stuff down everything!! But its inspiring to hear how you still struggle although less, and it didn’t just magically go away. And I love the quote at the end on the picture(: thanks for your inspiration!!!!!!!!!!! <3

  • sherry saville wrote on February 21, 2012 at 6:57 // Reply

    That is how I felt last week. Food everywhere-our family enjoying the meal I prepared (with love) and me and my “lean and green”. A dessert to those who happily ate their meal. I love food, too. I love trying new recipes and I love to bake. But, I have to find that balance and self control to make it work for this lifestyle. In the end, Karli, I just want to be happy. And I am a work in progress :)

  • Jennifer wrote on February 21, 2012 at 6:58 // Reply

    Oh, what a relief to know I have company in my love of food. Sometimes I feel like I am getting the message that ‘once you choose health as your primary goal, then food shouldn’t be a struggle, unless you’re not really committed to your health.’ How refreshing to hear a health coach say that even when you get to your goal weight it is still a daily choice. It is very encouraging. :)


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