I was looking for ideas for today’s post and noticed a pretty prevalent theme: How do I recover from falling off the wagon? How do I get back on track after a bad week? How do I stop beating myself up for eating three desserts instead of just a small bite of one?
The answer comes to me pretty fast: Today is a NEW DAY! Each day comes with new strength and new thoughts!
It also comes with new challenges, if we look for them! But, the theme for today’s post is falling off the wagon and then the recovery of said fall!
First of all, I want to let you in on a little secret. Come in real close and listen carefully! YOU ARE NOT ALONE!! Did you hear that? YOU ARE NOT ALONE!!
Falling off the wagon while on a weight loss journey is NORMAL! It takes time to create bad habits, and it takes time to create good habits! I’m always seeing stories of people who gain 100 pounds and then “decide” one day, they are tired of being overweight. The next day, they decide to “lose the weight” and they instantly expect to “not be overweight”!! Sorry to say this, but it didn’t come on overnight and it ain’t coming off overnight!
And if it does it’s not going to stay off long term!
Here are just a few of my tips for getting back on the wagon after a fall
- Find friends to connect with that have been through a similar journey!! (We have a wonderful Facebook group, with lots of motivators!!)
- Take it one day at a time! Set a goal for that day and do everything you can to achieve that goal. Make your goals achievable, like: drink 1/2 your body weight in water, go for a walk, use the stairs at work, instead of the elevators,
limit your soda to one instead of three!
- Get off the “woe is me” wagon and get on the “I can do it” wagon!! Negative thoughts create negative actions! Be positive about yourself and see how it can change your attitude!
- Add one positive food item to your menu today! Instead of a bag of chips with your sandwich, eat a nice, crunchy apple! (Sweet and crunchy makes me a happy lady!) Instead of eating a fast food burger, get a salad and don’t use all the dressing. Make one positive change every day and in one week you will have changed 7 things about your meals!
- When stressed out about whatever makes you want to “throw in the towel” instead of turning to food, go for a walk, turn on a workout dvd or find a way to burn that stress through exercise! The food may temporarily make you feel better but when the guilt hits you, it will just be worse!!
Do you have tips for getting back into the swing of exercising and healthy eating? I would love to hear what motivates you to move in the right direction, after you’ve been down for a few days
weeks months! And remember it happens to all of us, so don’t beat yourself up! Pull yourself up with the help of friends and family and start moving in the right direction again!!
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