Do or Do Not

Today, as I was browsing Pinterest, I came across a page with some “motivational quotes for weight loss.” One of them really resonated with me:

“Do or do not. There is no try.”

For the past two years, I have been trying to lose weight. And I use the word trying very loosely. I think more than lose, I’ve been trying not to gain. However, my heart wasn’t in it. And no matter how hard I “tried,” it wasn’t working.

Because for me, trying is not enough. Three weeks ago, I decided it was time for doing. For the past three weeks, I have tracked my food daily. I’ve worked out at least four times a week. I have not binged once.

I didn’t try to track my food. Or try to work out. Or try to avoid bingeing. I did it.


For over two years, I have claimed to be trying, but in reality, I was afraid to step out of my comfort zone. For me, food is comfort. Although I live a good life (a really good life), everything is not always wine and roses. And I’ve always known how to self-medicate with food.

But for the past three weeks, I’ve been making magic. And guess what? Things still aren’t all wine and roses, but I finally feel in control of one thing – my health. And I’m learning to face the things that aren’t making me happy, rather than mask them with fast food and ice cream.


So, while it’s true that every accomplishment starts with a decision to try, accomplishments happen when you take action – when you “do.”

Can you relate? 

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3 Responses to Do or Do Not

  1. Sherri says:

    I can definitely relate to this post. I also really needed to read it this morning. I feel like I was in the “Do” phase for a while and suddenly I switched to “try” without even realizing it. This is a good reminder and a good quote to carry with me.

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