"You can't learn to ride your bike unless you are perfect and don't fall off"
If that were the case, then none of us would have ever learnt to ride a bike. When you start out riding you fall off again and again, scraping your knees, battering your shins and elbows, and bruising your butt.
But does that stop you? You hope right back on and have another go. This time you wobble around for longer than last time and then fall off again. One day, you get the hang of it and you ride more than you fall.
I keep falling off my eating "bike". I still haven't found what works for me. Yesterday I felt so depressed about how I look that I pretended I was sick and didn't go to work. Instead of resting and enjoying my day off, I ate my way through the house and the neighbouring cafes.
But I am not going to fill my head with thoughts of failure or punish myself for having no will power. Falling of your bike is not a sign of weakness, stupidity or inadequacy. It is a part of the learning process. Today I feel battered and bruised (sick and bloated) but I thank god today is a new day and I get to try all over again. I only know one thing - I will figure this out - I don't care how long it takes and how often I fall. One day soon, eating will be as normal and natural as going to the gym every day.