the difference between acceptance and giving-up

What is the difference between acceptance and giving-up?

I’ve accepted that I won’t make the better choice each time.
I haven’t given up trying to make the better choice next time.

I’ve accepted that my motivation isn’t always there.
I haven’t given up trying to find fun ways to keep me motivated.

How would you describe the difference between acceptance and giving-up this week?

it is what it is

A friend shared with me what her personal trainer asked her when she said she didn’t exercise sometimes because she was too tired after work and didn’t feel like it.  The personal trainer asked “why is exercising an option?  You go to work even if you don’t feel like it. So why is exercising an option?”

It’s a good question and most of my answers were from my inner 5 year old, but it got me thinking, “why are the healthier choices options?”

This week, when I admitted to myself that what I was doing wasn’t working and that I needed to get back to basics — smaller portion sizes, tracking what I eat, and sticking to my Weight Watchers PointsPlus® daily and weekly targets.  That’s when I accepted that “it is what it is” and I just have to deal with it.  I can’t pretend I can do it differently. It is what it is! That acceptance is exactly what I needed.  I’m tracking again, I’m measuring portion sizes and I’m losing instead of gaining.

Why is it an option this week?