So you splurged. Now it’s time to move on.
There you were, face to face with temptation. And it was much harder than you imagined. The icing was creamy, the filling rich, the flavors incredibly…flavorful. You caved. With each bite, you thanked the stars for your newfound ability to splurge and swore off your newly made resolution to eat well.
Then the morning came and you regretted your decision. How do you get back on the wagon to good health? By following these steps.
Okay, so you made a mistake. Who hasn’t? Ask anyone who has lived on planet Earth for long and you’ll realize that everyone goofs up. More than likely, the people you idolize and think are picture-perfect have already made a few mistakes today. So stop feeling sorry for yourself and get ready to move on. After all, if you don’t have the right mindset, you’ll never get past this temporary lapse of judgment.
See It Clearly
Look around. Are buildings falling down around you? Did the stock market take a sudden downturn when you bit into that second cookie? No? Well, guess what? Your diet mistake is not going to be the end of the world. It’s a new opportunity to strengthen your resolve and get started on the road to better health once again!
Use It to Grow
Just because your mistake didn’t cause the world to fall apart doesn’t mean you should ignore your mistake and make mistakes a daily habit. Do this and you’ll be on the fast and furious road to unfit and unhealthy. Take a good look at your goof up and try to figure out why you gave in. Forget to munch on a healthy snack before heading to a friend’s house? Just get tired of eating healthy all the time? Figure out why you fell and avoid those pitfalls in the future.
Get Back to Life
When your diet takes a hit, you may think that avoiding food for a day or so will help you overcome your splurge. Think again. Instead of starving your body, fill it with healthy foods when you become hungry. This way you’ll be returning your body and mind to your healthy way of life as soon as possible, which makes it easier to put your past eating mistakes behind you.
Remember the Perks
If you’ve having a hard time returning to the healthy you, it may help to write down your reasons for seeking good health. Doing this can be therapeutic and help you refocus for the future. The purposes for living a healthy lifestyle and eating healthily are many. To get your list started, try these perks: you feel better, have more energy, and are more prepared to take care of your daily to-do list. Keep this list on hand and you’ll be better armed the next time you’re staring temptation in the face.
Prepare for the Next Potential Fall
No matter how hard you may try, you cannot always avoid temptation. So instead of tricking yourself into thinking you can, take time to prepare for the next temptation. What will you do beforehand to avoid tempting foods? What about when the food is right in front of your nose? Knowing how you’ll handle a situation before the situation arises increases your likelihood of success, so start planning today and you’ll avoid falls in the future.
Living a healthy lifestyle can often be a lonely business filled with calorie counting and fat avoidance. But you don’t have to do it on your own. Talk with a family member or friend about your goals, how you plan to reach them, and any setbacks you have along the way. Doing this regularly helps you stay the course and reminds you why you decided to get healthy in the first place.