“And will you succeed? Yes indeed, yes indeed! Ninety-eight and three-quarters percent guaranteed!” – Dr. Seuss “Oh! The Places You’ll Go”
How can it be March already?! The year is seemingly flying by and I feel I have little to show for myself.
Most of February I ate well. And, I actually got in a lot of cardio despite my January surgery. I made strides in my eating goals, including my recent food tracking… most days. I drank tons. I even remembered to meditate now and then. I thought I was doing fairly well, most of the time. But there in lies the rub. “Most days” and “most of the time” and “now and then” is not cutting it.
Clearly I have a consistency problem.
Come on, Karen. Get your act together already! Every day; every choice; not just 90% of the time. Because 90% may work for some people but it clearly isn’t working for me.
So, for March, I intend to meet my goals every day. 100%. But wait! Is 100% too lofty an aspiration? Unachievable perfection? Setting myself up for failure? Putting me at risk of once again falling prey to my “all or nothing,” “black or white” mentality that has messed me up time and time again? 100% scares me a bit. Should it? Should I aim for 99% instead? So one little slip doesn’t mean failure? Is that a logical approach… or am I making excuses to let myself off the hook?
I’d really like to know what you think.
Because I’m torn. When I started writing this post I was all gung ho about consistency and commitment. But then I began to double guess myself. 100% means 31 days of eating (every single bite) well and exercising. Of living a healthy lifestyle. Zero deviation. No slip ups.
And I know 90% didn’t work for me. Would 95% do the trick? Would 98 and ¾%? They are all just estimates, just guesses, not really definable quantities. Maybe I really need that 100%: 31 days of perfect healthy living. Thirty-one days to develop good habits again and get rid of bad ones. Thirty-one days that will end in 31 nights when I go to bed pleased with myself and knowing I will have no regrets come morning. One little month. (Then two, then three.) Sounds good. Too good?
So I’m going round and round in my mind. Because I want to make a new commitment. I NEED to make a consistency commitment. But I don’t know if I need 100%. Or if 100% will work for me. Or against me.
Am I making sense? Or babbling Seussical non-sense.