Let’s be honest here.
I am but a mere human who can succumb to cheddar and sour cream Ruffles at a moment’s notice, regardless of how strong I think I am.
Yes, it’s true.
I did not purchase the Ruffles because I do much better with healthy choices if I don’t have the stuff IN my pantry to begin with. However, apparently when a friend shows up with a bag of chips for the kids for their lunches, I have zero willpower and will consequently inhale the entire bag before the kids can get their grubby hands on it.
Yes, this did happen, although I did share that bag a bit with the children….a tiny bit. I’m sorry (not really) but I have a weakness for cheddar and sour cream Ruffles. What is done is done. I SAVED THE CHILDREN!
I could beat myself up and wax poetic about what a horrible person I am and what a terrible choice I made. Yeah, I know–it wasn’t smart and it certainly isn’t aligned with my health and fitness goals–but I refuse to kick my own ass and talk down to myself.
Falling off the wagon happens. We are human which means we can and do make mistakes along our healthy journey way. When this happens, you have two options: 1) continue the slide down the slippery slope of bad choices, feeling bad along the way and not doing anything to stop it, inevitably taking you further away from your goals; or 2) accept the bad choice for what it was (a BAD CHOICE and NOT the end of your life) and make a conscious decision to get back on track.
Here are 7 ways to get back on track:
- Put the chip bag down and tell your friends NEVER to bring cheddar and sour cream Ruffles over to your house.
- Track your food – one day at a time. I know, I know, people say you should track your food all the time but we’re taking baby steps here. We’re trying to get back on track. One day at time. And then track it again the next day. And the next day. Tracking what you eat really works, at least it helps me to get an handle on what and how much I am eating.
- Get up and get moving. Walk for 30 minutes. Heck move for 5 minutes. Just get up and move. You will feel better for it.
- Eat breakfast. It kickstarts your metabolism and gets things moving digestively.
- Drink the H2O. So many of us don’t drink enough water and even less of it when we are eating like crap. So put the crap down and pick up a nice, big glass of water.
- Menu plan. This one really helps me, it really does. When I am armed with a plan of meals and snacks for the day and I make that plan when I’m not hungry, then it is much easier to execute that plan.
- And my favorite- MOVE ON, that’s what I do.
Rome wasn’t built in one day. Your body won’t be built in one day. This journey is just that–A JOURNEY–with ups and downs, good and bad, positives and negatives. Take a step in the right direction; be kind to yourself, be positive, and honor your temple one good decision at a time.