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Waist size down almost an inch in one week; Quitting after a taste of victory.

Monday, February 19, 2007 by  
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After a fairly lengthy fat loss plateau that plagued the first half of this month, the recent changes to my diet have reignited my fat burning engine! As I mentioned in yesterday’s update, I’m now down to 11% body fat and looking noticeably leaner in my mid-section. This morning I performed my weekly measurements and was astonished to find that my waist size has dropped almost a full inch in just one week! It seems that my body is finally starting to let go of the fat around my mid-section. All the hard work and strict adherence to my cutting diet is starting to pay off – and the best is yet to come!

This early success brings to mind a curious phenomenon that I’ve observed time and time again. Some people seem to make excellent fat loss progress and then, inexplicably, fall back into bad habits and relax their efforts. Their dedication slips, and they never make it to their goal. I don’t understand this. Maybe some people grow complacent after seeing some measure of success. Maybe they tell themselves they deserve a “reward” (…and there’s nothing wrong with that, but why does the “reward” always have to be junk food?), and that “reward” winds up acting as the gateway to failure.

The reason I don’t understand why this happens to some people is because success fuels my desire and ratchets up my level of commitment. Success is like a drug: a little success makes me hunger for more. I can’t get enough. If you are one of those people I’m talking about, I encourage you to put some thought into why that is, and then work through the desire to quit. Quitting is habit-forming, but so is the opposite.

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