The night before this picture was taken I felt the effects of extreme fatigue. Even though I’d already eaten well above my caloric needs for the day, my stomach felt like an endless void that couldn’t be filled. I seriously wanted to eat the entire jar of nut butter and preserves. It was the strangest thing. I was practically stumbling around the house, specifically the kitchen, and I just wanted to eat.
This is called being ego depleted. It’s something John talks about this in the Venus Fat Loss Manual. You can’t make good decisions when you are ego depleted. You have to set up your environment for success.
I finally tore myself away from the kitchen and stumbled off to bed. What I really needed was sleep, not food.
I’ve been maintaining my Venus shape for 4 years now so I’ve been around the block a time or two with this stress eating business. It’s never the end of the world if you CHOOSE you are not DOOMED just because you made a few ego depleted bad decisions.
When I woke up the next morning I wasn’t quite recovered from the stress of the previous few days. I was still ego depleted but I knew what to do. I needed water, coffee, and some hugs and reassurance from Randy.
Even though I’ve spent most of my life hiding from the camera, Venus changed that for me. I put on the exact pair of jeans that I bought when I first achieved my Venus goal and had Randy take a picture of me on our back deck. I had even blogged about getting this pair of “skinny jeans” back in the day, inside our private Venus Community. This picture and these jeans gave me assurance once again that you won’t lose your progress overnight.
The only way you lose what you earned with fat loss is if you go on for weeks and months with no regard for food intake, like a wild woman on a credit card spending spree. At some point the bill will come due. Just don’t let that happen. Pay off the debt sooner.
When you are ego depleted it’s just part of the stress of life.
It’s okay. You just pick up where you left off and don’t let your emotions take you away.
Once again it is all about consistency over time. NOT PERFECTION.
If it were perfection we would never succeed.
If it were perfection we wouldn’t be human.
It is accepting that you are human and not perfect AND not giving up that will get you there.
You are human.
You are not perfect.
It does not matter.
Just keep going.
Read more about the events that caused my ego depletion and how I dealt with it here.
See you on the inside!