I just recently got an email from someone I follow, titled “Be a C+ Student.” It got me thinking a lot this week about what that actually means.
Although this email wasn’t about weight loss, there’s a lot of truth to be heard about being a C+ student in your weight loss journey. So… I’ve decided to give you permission.
I give you permission to be a C+ student in your weight loss journey.
Straight A’s Self-Worth
I don’t know about you, but when I was in school, I was a straight-A student. And to be completely transparent with you, I was pretty proud of it. I worked really hard at my grades, and I felt accomplished because of my grades.
I basically was putting all of my self-worth into my accomplishments.
Yep, that’s right. My self-worth was only focused on my accomplishments. I was a workaholic. Even through my university degree, I worked myself into the ground. I would have a full course load, and I was still working 40 hours a week as a server.
I felt good, because I was working hard and doing well.
Until I didn’t get an A.
FAILURE. My heart sank, I felt a lump rise in my throat, and my watery eyes eventually gave way to full-on tears. I had given it my all and anything less than an A felt like an F.
Fast forward to when I walked into the front door after giving birth to Jordyn, my first baby, and I was heavier than when I had left home a few days before.
Seriously, I was heavier after giving birth than I was the day before I gave birth.
FAILURE. I was completely heartbroken. I was done. There were a lot of tears. The day after I got home, I tried putting on a pair of my pre-pregnancy pants and I couldn’t even get them up over my knees. I cried again.
That’s what happens when you put your self-worth into the wrong things. Because, like I’ve talked about before, you are made in God’s image. You are fearfully and wonderfully made. You are beautiful.
Read my blog post: You Are Not An Accident
Ultimately, I had to come to terms with my situation and put my self-worth in the hand of God, rather than in my accomplishments. I had to give myself permission to not be perfect..
I had to give myself permission to be a C+ student rather than a straight-A student.
And now, I’m giving you permission to be a C+ student.
What Does It Mean To Be A C+ Student?
Quite simply, being a C+ student means that you don’t have to be perfect. I know it can be a tough mental shift because when you’re struggling with your weight loss or with your body image, it’s easy to feel defeated.
Maybe you want to just up and quit. Maybe you are tempted to “cheat” just once, but it turns into a full “cheat week.”
Don’t be afraid to lower your expectations.
It’s 100% okay to not be perfect. You just have to be consistent.
Consistently C+ Is Good Enough
The most important thing you can do in your weight loss journey is to start. Once you get started, keep going. That means that even if you have a day where you don’t follow through with your plans, wake up the next morning and get back on track.
It means that if you go out for dinner with friends and you decide to have the carb-filled pasta, then just say “no” to dessert and keep on going!
Seriously, the most important thing is to be consistently C+.
Consistently C+ will outperform the “Once-in-a-while A+” EVERY SINGLE TIME.
So, just keep going. Keep making healthy decisions. In our Weigh Down Lifestyle community, Ruth and I have been talking about consistency a lot. Here’s what Ruth said in her recent blog post, “The ABCs of Weight Loss”:
“You make hundreds (maybe even thousands) of choices every single day. What would happen if you started making just one healthier choice each day? How about 5 healthier choices each day?”
Read the full post here: The ABCs of Weight Loss
That’s really all it takes. Strive to make 5 healthy decisions per day, and I promise you that you will be shocked at the outcome.
Here is a quote that Ruth and I say a lot in the Weigh Down Lifestyle.
The 10-10-10 Lifestyle
“In the first 10 days, you will feel it.
Then in the next 10 days, you’ll see it.
And in the next 10 days, you’ll hear it.”
Do you know what that means? It means that when you consistently make a few healthy choices each day for 10 days, you are going to feel a difference. That means that your tummy might feel less bloated. Maybe it means that your knees aren’t quite as sore as before. Or maybe it’s that your acid reflux has gotten better over the last 10 days.
Seriously, all it takes is 10 days of making some healthy decisions to start feeling a difference in your body.
But, here’s the exciting part. If you make healthier decisions for another 10 days, you are going to see the difference. Yep! Your pants are going to fit better. Maybe you will notice that your tummy is a little bit tighter! Maybe your face will look a little bit leaner.
Hold on… there are 10 more days! True transformation starts happening if you can make healthier choices for another 10 days. This is when you are actually going to hear it. You know when you are out for coffee with a friend you haven’t seen in a while… You think to yourself, “Wow, you look different.”
In 30 days of making healthier choices, you are going to be that friend where your friends are going to think that YOU look different. It’s happened to so many women in our community – it is AMAZING!
If you want a program that you can follow to lose 10 pounds in 10 days, check out our 10 Day Weigh Down Plan!
Do You Want To Be A C+ Student?
Seriously, it’s time to give yourself permission to let go of perfectionism and allow yourself to simply get started. Yes, it might feel like you’re only putting out C+ work, but that’s so much better than not getting started at all.
And here is the real secret that I have left until now.
When you are consistently C+, the C+ starts to turn into B+ into A+.
As you start making healthier choices in your life, they become easier and you will start to create good habits. These habits will start becoming natural, and pretty soon, you’re not even going to think about making these “healthier decisions.” Instead, you’ll have the opportunity to implement 5 more healthy decisions into your life.
Pretty soon, you’re going to be a straight-A student again, and it’s going to feel amazing.
So, what are you waiting for?
I give you permission to be a C+ student in your weight loss journey!
Let me know what healthier choices you are going to implement in the comments below!