Success in Failure

Failure. Not anyone’s favorite topic. However, taking a different perspective allows one to see the beauty that can only come from failure. It took Edison one thousand tries to make the lightbulb. Some would be dismayed but he took the position that he discovered 999 ways to not make a lightbulb!

I’ve failed at losing weight for 30 years. If you look at it in Edison’s approach, you could say that I have succeeded in discovering how not to maintain long term weight loss. 

So many times in my previous attempts something would happen that would cause me to lose heart and then backslide. It usually wasn’t much. A bad day at work, feeling unappreciated, or anything going against my expectations was usually enough to derail me. And once derailed… done

How did this mindset change? It was in the Bible. Here’s the NIV version of Lamentations 3:23 

Because of the Lord ʼs great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.

‭‭It hit me over the head like a ton of bricks! When my expectations were not perfect, I would quit. But in that verse I finally saw what I needed: every single day is another opportunity to try again. God’s mercies are new each day! I must’ve read that scripture a 1,000 times but never saw how it applied to my weight loss, to my theories of perfection, or to my views of failure. As per usual, the teacher arrives when the student is ready. I was finally ready. 

Taking this to heart I was able to cut myself a break when things don’t match perfectly match my expectations and have the courage to try again. Now, when I think of failure I think completely differently. 

Failure is really success in progress

Author: Regina Bartlett

Regina Bartlett is a blogger and speaker from the gorgeous Rhode Island coastline where she spends her days with her amazing husband Jeff and their combined family of six adult children and two very tiny adorable chihuahuas. She’s active in her church, sings on the praise team, and is amazed every single day at how God has totally changed her life. Formerly 425 lbs she’s battled her weight for 30 years until RNY Gastric Bypass surgery in December 2014 where she lost 250 lbs and gained a new lease on life. She wants to share with anyone who thinks that they MIGHT be interested in surgery and knowing the real truth behind the surgery since there are a lot of misconceptions and fears. Deciding that she needed a challenge to continue with her weight maintenance she decided to embark on running the NYC Marathon in 2016 on Fred’s Team for Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Like so many people, her life has been touched by people affected by cancer. Discovering that her friend of over 25 years was diagnosed with breast cancer she had even more inspiration to run. On November 6, 2016, she completed the grueling 26.2 miles through all five boroughs of New York City and realized her 20 year dream of completing the largest marathon in the world. This blog will travel with Regina as she laces up her shoes and continues to challenge herself while sharing stories of her life and the people who have been an influence on her over the years. You’ll find stories, recipes, crafts, photographs of the wonder that is Little Rhody and countless photos of her tiny pups Sid Vicious and Taxi Fitzgerald. TL;DR: Wife, mother, writer, avid crafter, lover of Jesus and tiny dogs everywhere with a story to tell. FOR BOOKING INFORMATION please use the contact form below or email navigatingweightloss@gmail.com. Thank you!

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