'It's about progress, not perfection': Chrissy Metz opens up about battling 'weight issues'

Chrissy Metz. (Photo by JEAN-BAPTISTE LACROIX/AFP via Getty Images)

Chrissy Metz lives by a mantra so good, you’ll want to adopt it as your own.

In a new interview with Good Housekeeping, the “This Is Us” star shared how living by the motto “progress, not perfection” has helped her let go of negative self-talk, especially when it comes to her own body.

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“I’ve battled weight issues, but I realize I don’t have to beat myself up if I have XYZ food,” Metz said, adding that she often tries to understand the emotions that cause her to make certain food choices. “Instead, I change my perspective and think, ‘What is it that I’m angry about?’ since we tend to want crunchy foods when we’re angry or ice cream when we soothe ourselves. All these things I’m just trying to be cognizant of.”

The 39-year-old Homestead, Fla. native said she has learned not to let one bump in the road derail her from working towards her goals.

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“If a waiter takes a tray of food and a glass falls and the drink spills, they don’t just throw the entire tray on the ground. You get another cup of whatever you spilled and you keep going,” Metz told the magazine. “So often if something isn’t perfect, we go ‘I quit!’ That’s not conducive to forward progress, and it’s really about progress, not perfection. If we were perfect, we wouldn’t have anything to attain or achieve.”

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Metz has never let her weight hold her back. Aside from earning two Golden Globe nominations for her role on the hit NBC drama, Metz became a New York Times bestselling author with her 2018 memoir "This is Me: Loving The Person You Are Today." She also recently signed a record deal with UMG Nashville to record a full-length country album.

Metz and "This Is Us" costar Mandy Moore. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for Entertainment Weekly & PEOPLE)

They key to staying positive, she explained, is by making changes to how you start your day. Metz begins each morning by meditating, reading over her gratitude list and ensuring she takes her time to prepare for the day ahead.

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“There’s such a different feeling around waking up knowing there’s an intention I’m setting for the day,” she said. “I will make sure I’m eating what’s going to be good for me and not, like, eating in the car and rushing. I didn’t realize how much an extra 35, 45 minutes would change my life, but it sets the tone for the whole day. It’s like, whatever happens, I’m going to figure out how to react to it in a sane way and not from a place of harried chaos.”

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