Today, I ate too much. I did everything someone trying to lose weight isn’t supposed to. I didn’t track every bite. I ate even though I felt full. I let my emotions get in the way of my food choices. And I skipped my workout.
But guess what: it’s okay.
I haven’t given up on myself. I still have goals that I want to meet. But tomorrow is a new day. Tomorrow I can get back on track, and eventually I will get to where I want to go.
Weight loss isn’t one easy, straight and narrow path. There are ups and downs and bumps and turns and it can sometimes feel like you’re going in circles. But one off-track day doesn’t have to define you. As long as you don’t let it.
Learn From Your Off-Track Days
We all have those days. Bad ones where nothing goes our way and the only solace we can find is in that sweet, sweet cupcake. But that cupcake won’t give you true comfort. Your problems will still be there even when that cupcake is gone. Eating won’t solve them; it will only delay them.
Think about the feelings and emotions that make you want to eat that cupcake. For me, stress is a big one. Are you sad? Mad? Lonely? Tired? Whatever it is, how can you deal with it in a more productive way?
Writing always helps me work through my emotions and makes me feel better about myself. Maybe you love to draw or sew. Maybe working through your emotions at the gym is what you need. Find an activity that makes you forget about that cupcake…at least for a little while.
Don’t Beat Yourself Up
Maybe your day is so bad that no activity or distraction will help. You’re still thinking about that cupcake. Well you know what? Go on and have it.
Giving in to temptation every now and then can be a good thing. Sure, you know sugar is bad for you. But as long as you’re eating in moderation, and not eating multiple cupcakes every day, it’s okay. Denying your cravings for too long could lead you to binge on the treats you’ve been dreaming about. But a little bit can go a long way.
Decide to Do Better
Even if your cravings get out of control and you over-indulge, it will be okay. You just need to decide to continue. Don’t let that one day off track lead to many days off track. You can get back on that train and keep chugging along. You just have to decide to do it.
And much of the time, that means letting go of guilt. No one is perfect. Repeat that to yourself. No one is perfect. And weight loss is not perfect. Feeling guilty is not part of a healthy relationship with food. And that healthy relationship with food is something we are all striving for. I am still striving for that healthy relationship. Because hey, I’m not perfect.
How do you deal with temptation? Leave your tips in the comments below!