I have not been taking the time to plan my day's meals... and not cooking real meals, but snacking way too much. I feel like I am drowning and really need to get back on board and make some positive headway.
I have been at this healthy eating game for many, many years and I know that setbacks happen, but I get so annoyed with myself and feel like I should know better... why oh why do I keep making the same mistakes over and over again? This past year I have gained and lost the same 10 pounds more times than I would care to admit.
I finally sat down and had a little chat with myself about why it's happened... and made some definite plans to set myself a new course of action. My why's are not likely the same as your why's and so insignificant really in this context... but I know that the things we need to do to climb back in the boat and take command of the helm are really common to us all.
Here are 6 things I am going to do NOW.... today... They are positive and they give me a sense of control and yes, even hope. I am sure they will help you, too.
1. Forgive Yourself
Everyone has setbacks. Everyone. What happened is not really important. But what IS important is that we forgive ourselves and look forward. Think about progress not perfection. If you keep berating yourself you are setting yourself up for failure. Your thoughts become your actions. If you think you are a loser and cannot succeed, believe me... you will not succeed. Be as kind to yourself as you would be to a dear friend in the same situation.
2. Recognize Your Successes
Think about how far have you come since you first started on this journey. What positive changes have you made? Maybe you have given up sugary sodas... maybe you have started eating more colors of the rainbow every day. You may have even lost some weight. Pat yourself on the back! Give that beautiful face looking back at you from the mirror a big kiss. This self-recognition and self-love is a huge motivator to keep moving forward.
3. Go Back to Basics with Your Food Plan
It might be low carb. It might be counting calories. It may even be Paleo or even giving up sugar. Right now for me it is carb cycling within my Weight Watchers Smart Points budget. I have reread my program material and readied my food diary for tracking and journalling. I have also made some plans for meals this next few days and done some shopping. Try to anticipate your next few days' activities and decide how you are going to avoid or navigate through the dangers.
4. Clean Up/Out Your Refrigerator and Pantry
If you have good food in your fridge, you will eat good food. Get rid of the things that are not on your food plan. Hide them or donate them or even discard them if you like. Ask those people that you share spaces with for some help. If your husband loves Hawkins cheesies and you cannot handle being around them, ask him to eat them in another room, or offer him a substitute that he would be happy with. People will usually help if you ask them.
5. Reach Out
I do belong to Weight Watchers so I can always go to a meeting or sign on to the web site to get support from members or leaders. But what if you are on your own? Well, I also join challenge groups on Facebook to help hold me accountable. I have had great success with some of these groups. If you use My Fitness Pal or Sparks People, there are supportive groups there as well. It is a good way to get tips and ideas for staying on track, and you might make some new friends as well. You can also use obvious hashtags on Twitter and Instagram to find like-minded people. #weightwatchers #paleo #vegan #sugarbusters are just a few that I know.
6. Learn From Your Mistakes
If you think about why you fell out of the boat in the first place, you may learn some effective ways for preventing it in the future. For example, I know that I need to do a lot of planning to stay the course. If I push that aside and don't take the time to do it, I get into trouble. I snack too much, and on the wrong things. PLANNING is key for me.
So, if you have fallen overboard and find yourself swimming with the sharks... get back in boat and set your sails for success!
Has this ever happened to you?
How do you get re-oriented when you stray from your eating plan?