It happened. You gave in, ate the cheese burger…the cheese cake…the whole cheese platter. Maybe you washed it down with some beer. To top it off you skipped going to the gym for the week. You fell off the wagon. It’s easy to let things spiral out of control when it happens. One week of binging can turn into three or four, and before you know it you’ve lost your gains.
So, the question is, how do you recover? How to you develop resiliency and bounce back. Here are our top suggestions for turning temporary failure into long term success.
Here’s the thing: you aren’t the person you were yesterday. You’re not even the person you were when you started reading this blog. Your brain is constantly rewiring itself as it’s exposed to new stimulus. Your cells are constantly dying, and new ones are being created. You aren’t constrained by things you’ve done in the past. You don’t have to make the same decisions moving forwards.
Take a page out of Zen’s book and live in the moment. If you’ve broken down and gotten a cheeseburger for lunch everyday this week, let it go. You can’t change the past, and you have no idea what the future holds. All you can control is now. Make a healthy decision right now, and let everything else go.
Many times we fail to hit our goals because we forget why we had those goals in the first place. When your coworker brings in a box of donuts, and you can’t remember why you’re not supposed to be eating donuts, it can be hard to say no. If you find yourself slipping more often than you’d prefer, take a minute to step back and remember why you decided to live a healthy lifestyle. Is it because you want to be around to play with your grandkids? Want to look good at the beach? Just want to live a more energetic and happy life? Whatever your reasons are, figure them out, write them down, and keep them in mind.
Saying no to donuts is easy when you remember that you’re doing it so you can be around to see your grand children graduate college someday.
You need to understand yourself. Know your triggers. What causes you to binge eat and skip the gym? Taking time to observe your state of mind and really understand who you are is key to avoiding the same mistakes. If you find yourself reaching for a candy bar every time you have a stressful client phone call, you’ve learned something about yourself: you’re a stress eater. Now that you know that you can start learning about how to manage stress, or how to change your response to stress. Train yourself to take 10 deep breaths after stressful phone calls instead or make some other changes and you will have eliminated a bad habit that was keeping you from your goals.
Need help getting back into the saddle, or looking for a great way to stay in shape? Give us a call at 727-216-9650, and we’ll get you started.