Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Failure of feedback?

I have been posting some of my pictures on a website that features the best photos of food on the internet. I am not a photographer and I am grateful when good light enters my kitchen so I can take decent photos of what I consider healthy and nutritious food. It's nice when someone likes a photo and posts it online. I also have to say a lot of the pictures get rejected. Not sharp enough, poor lighting, poor composition, food, etc, etc. I don't consider these pictures failed pictures, and I like to know that they could be sharper, have better lighting, white and black balance, etc.

That made me think of how we view results. Oftentimes, we want to see a certain result from our work. A firmer butt, bigger shoulders, lower body fat. If we don't see it, we may consider it failure and jump onto the next thing - a new workout program, a stricter diet, a more flattering mirror. In fact what we need here is not the feeling of failure, but rather the chance for feedback: diet not strict enough, too many sweets, too many skipped workouts, not enough water. With definite feedback, you know what to focus on, rather than throwing the baby out with the bath water. I don't throw out my camera and invest 2 grand in a new one, because I had the wrong background for my photo. I would strongly advise you against stopping your diet or training, because you didn't get the results you expected. Analyze, change, adapt, repeat, and then see yourself reach your goal.


  1. Great post Galya. Thanks!

  2. I love all your posty of tasty ideas. I try to be mindful of what I eat, but I've always had better luck with putting more focus on my training. That's why it's so nice be be able to read blogs like yours.

    I've always been a fan of hitting the gym and recently decided to take it more seriously. I started a blog detailing the trials and tribulations of a newbie, female, power lifter. Check it out!

  3. Congrats on your training efforts! I am so glad you find so much joy in it. Seems like you are doing great in your everyday training and blogging will certainly help center your efforts.
    I am happy and honored you find inspiration in my blog. Welcome!


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