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I wanted to share with you a very joyous moment. I just got my yellow belt in Tae Bo Kwon, Billy Blank's martial arts interpretation of Tae Kwon Do. He's the only 8th degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do in the United States, and I'm so honored to have the opportunity to study under him, Shellie, and Julieanne. When this picture was taken, I had just finished my test and was high on life.

My name is Leah Segedie and I'm Chief Mom of Operations at Bookieboo. I've lost over 100 lbs. and would love the opportunity to share with you my tips on losing weight from an everyday mom perspective.

My tip for today is simple: Allow yourself to fail!

It's normal to have missteps. We all do it. We all fall flat on our faces, but the person who succeeds is the one who dusts herself off and keeps going. She gets up, looks around at the mess she's made, and shrugs it off. That's it! That's what it's about. You don't have to be perfect, you don't have to be the best or the fastest or the most beautiful. All you have to do is keep pushing yourself. The most important part of getting back on track is also realizing that you are an imperfect human being. Expect a few bumps in the road. When you start a fitness/diet program, expect to have some slip ups. That's okay. Hey, I did it more times than I can count. But I got back up and I didn't beat myself up about it and I just kept going. That is what I want you to do. That is how you'll succeed.

We as women are horrible to ourselves. When it comes to losing weight, all of a sudden we become perfectionists. So if you eat a piece of cake, you beat yourself up about it and the next thing you know you are sitting in front of the tv with potato chips or a tub of ice cream. Can we ever just allow ourselves to fail and learn from it instead of beating ourselves up about it?

If anything is going to stop you from losing weight or achieving your goals, it's negative thought patterns. Your thoughts can paralyze you. They can render you helpless and useless....a victim. Negative thoughts kept me overweight my whole life. I really felt helpless to change my situation. I lacked the confidence to change because I was scared of failure. Well, failure is okay. Just give yourself permission to fail and then move on.

This step is absolutely important to a lifestyle change. Change doesn't happen overnight, so you have to be patient with yourself. You truly have to believe that its okay to fall flat on your face. You must give yourself the permission to fail. Focus on getting yourself back up, dusting yourself off and start walking down the right path again.

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Comment by Leah on June 1, 2008 at 12:05pm
That's awesome Patty!
Comment by Patty, mamastimeout.com host on May 31, 2008 at 8:22pm
Great post, thanks for the motivation. I joined bookieboo and hope to learn more to get back into the swing of things.
Comment by Leah on May 8, 2008 at 11:58am
Awesome Angela! I've gathered over 26 expert blogger on fitness, nutrition, pregnancy, child development and work at home tips on the site to help. And the forums are very helpful. Hope you enjoy it!
Comment by Angela Moore on May 8, 2008 at 11:19am
That's awesome! Congrats on your progress. To date, I have lost 69 lbs, but need help with the last 20 or so! Looking forward to learning more on bookieboo!

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