“Success is not final, failure is not fatal; it is the courage to continue that counts.”
Lately I’ve been messing up on my weight loss adventure. Too many cheat days, too little routine to my life and my exercise. I have to wonder if it’s subconscious self-sabotage; I’m getting close to the half-way point and that nagging voice in my head that says I will never be a thin person has been getting louder lately.
Here are some things I’m trying, to get myself back on track:
- Do ANYTHING. Go for a 30-minute walk, or make one healthy meal. Even if you’re not having a perfect day and you’re not going to meet your calorie goal or stick to your exercise plan, you can probably find the energy to do just one good thing for yourself. It will help stop the negative feelings that come with ‘falling off the wagon,’ and put you in a better place to get back on.
- Set small goals. Look at the next month and think about what you can reasonably accomplish. (For instance, I’ve got about 3 weeks before a week-long trip, and I’m going to try and lose 6 pounds by then.)
- Reevaluate your plan. I decided it’s time to restructure my gamification points. I’m no longer training for a triathlon, and I’m struggling with different things than I was last time I assigned point values. So, I’ve decided to emphasize different aspects of my plan and encourage myself to improve in those areas that I need to most. It’s okay to change things up if what you’re doing isn’t working for you.
- Improve a little at a time. If you’re going from 4,000 calorie days (hypothetically, of course. Who eats half a pizza and a pumpkin pie shake from Jack in the Box on the same day?), it’s REALLY hard to come back down to 1,400 calories cold turkey. Gradual is fine, and sometimes baby steps are what you need to start with in order to get running again.
I know this is easier said than done, but be nice to yourself. You’re not a failure or a bad person if you mess up a little. Imagine a friend was in your position – what would you say to them?
Perfection is not a realistic goal – you’re going to have a lazy day, or be tempted by something delicious, or take a trip where being a gluttonous lush is soooooo worth it. Just try and make your slip-ups fewer, farther between, and less serious, and you’ll continue making progress.