Wednesday, August 8, 2012

When your "N" isn't working!

Good morning everyone!

It's been a hectic (is that a common theme for me?) couple of days, and just getting around to reading the latest blog posts. The honeymooners came back yesterday. It was wonderful to see them, and they had an amazing time in French Polynesia. I am going to post some photos later this week of this amazing part of the world.

I titled this post "When your "N" isn't working because I am having trouble with the 'n' key on my laptop keyboard.

I really need the 'n' and it is holding me back from getting where I want to be, which is typing this post.

One little letter is holding me back, and it's taking me much more time to type this because I have to press extra hard to get the letter to type. It's frustrating, time consuming, and irritating all at once. I feel like stopping this post and giving up. Or maybe I should move over to the desktop. Try something new. No matter what I use, laptop or computer, I am determined to finish this post.

Hmmmmm....sound familiar? I am hearing some of this in the blog posts. People are getting frustrated, questioning the dietary path they are on, and feeling bad because they are not doing what they know they should, and not getting to where they want to be. We are always looking for something new, easier and guaranteed. It's normal to question the path we are on.

But all of us know what works best for us. It's not usually a one size fits all approach. Most of us tweak things alittle to fit our lifestyle. Read Dawn's post to see what I mean

When I read this post, this is how I responded:

"I read this post last night in bed on my iphone. I first thought, OMG, this is me too. Sometimes I feel like a BFC phony because I am not perfect. I have alittle pasta once in a while. I slip with sugar, but mostly it's the white carbs. I wonder what makes me think I can contribute anything to a blog post that will help anyone. But then I realize I am what most people are like, and so are you. We vascillate between things, tweaking and changing, and always looking at new ideas and foods. But it's our personal journey and when it comes down to it, the BFC is the closest to the way I know I can eat for life, because it isn't totally exclusive of anything. So I'm with you girlfriend, recommitting to the BFC, trying to incorporate a few grain free days here and there, but watching my sugars and carbs, and calories too for that matter. They do matter for me and for you too. Sending hugs and love and thanks for your honesty. Let's get back on the bandwagon and get to work!! XO"

In this journey we have our pioneers ( Amber and Rosalie come to mind) who follow the plan the way it should be, and show us how it's supposed to be done. We have our explorers (Kay) who try to fit things they love into the plan, but continue to have success, and the rest of us (too many to name), who mostly have it figured out, but like to tweek and change things here and there to get  better results or feel better. We are all different, and on slightly different paths, but going in the same direction.
So whatever you are doing that works...keep doing it. If something isn't working...keep trying to figure out why. If it was a one size fits all approach, it would be a perfect world, and we would be perfect people. But it isn't and we're not.
We are unique, and special, and beautiful....each and every one of us.  So forge ahead, recommit,  pick yourself up if you've fallen by the wayside, and onward we go! Sending love and hugs! XO

Thought for the day: " Stay commited to your decisions, but stay flexible in your approach." - Tom Robbins

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  1. I really like this post today. I was gonna talk about this stuff today too. I just don't know what to say - except that we all have to do what works for us.

    1. You do enough to keep us bad kiddies going!! You are our guiding light! XO

  2. Love this Pattie! You are so right and eloquent! And I love this thought of the day - I am going to the kitchen to put it up right now. You are very wise, my friend, and I am glad to be on this journey with you!

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    1. Thank you Amber, and thanks for always keeping us going and motivated. You lead by example!! XO

  4. Perfectly said! You are a wise women:) I truly believe that I can do this forever, I will just have to keep picking myself up a couple of times a year forever! Great post!!!

    1. Pick yourself up Kay! We've got work to do!! XO

  5. Great post, Pattie. It is a journey of discovery for sure.

  6. I'm so glad I found what seems to be working for me. It took a little tweaking of the BFC plan since 120 grams of carbs appeared to be too much for me (I'm quite carb sensitive). I realize that reaching "optimal weight" may be a slippery slope so I'll take it one day at a time :) Maybe some people want to be thinner than their bodies want them to be and getting lower is harder (you would have to be very diligent to get your body below its set point). We are all very fixated on the scale too (which I hate - me included). Thanks for the great post!

  7. Good advice Pattie! I think what some people don't realize is that true weight loss is a slow process not a quick fix. As we are losing slowly, we are also learning to eat better. Because it takes so long to get to our goal, we get used to eating in this more healthy way and it becomes a way of life!

  8. Pattie, you have put into words exactly how my journey has been. At least we aren't in this alone. Thanks for the words of wisdom.