How many times have you felt like a complete failure after a weekend when you ditched your diet and sat on the couch? Do you feel guilty when you skip a workout to get coffee with a friend? What about that one time when you ate an entire pint of ice cream by yourself after an especially bad day?
Good news – you can cut the worries and instead focus on the collective sum of your efforts. So often clients tell me about how they “failed” or “did bad” or “overdid it” or “lost control.” Everyone has those moments when things get a little out of hand and we have an extra piece of pizza. Or a few too many glasses of wine. It happens.
But what happens NEXT is far more important.
If you overeat by 500 calories from your diet plan on Monday and decide to call off all bets because you have “failed”, then proceed to ingest an extra 200 calories above your limit on Tuesday, 400 above your limit on Wednesday, and so on, then you can easily tack on an extra pound or two. But if instead you recognize you overate a little on Monday so you cut back during the next few days to correct the calorie balance, you will be alright.
Fitness and eating healthy isn’t a zero sum game.
Being fit and healthy takes day after day, hour after hour, decision after decision, of focused and intentional hard work. It certainly doesn’t come for free and it isn’t always easy. The health benefits are worth fighting for though.
So before you get down on yourself after your next slip up in your exercise or diet routine, instead think of how to continue moving forward in the right direction. Did you skip a workout? Try adding an extra 10 minutes to each of your other workouts that week to make up for time lost. Did you eat too much pasta? Try eating lower calorie salads with grilled chicken and cutting back on carbs over the next few days.
No mistake marks the “end” of your success unless you let that mistake become a habit.
Relapses to old negative health habits happen, so when they do, be prepared to compensate for the slip up and continue moving forward on your way to success.
How do you recover from a weekend of bad eating habits? Leave a comment in the box below!