If you follow me on FaceBook or read my blog, you know I don’t believe in “going on a diet.” I do believe in clean eating and portion control. I think this way of eating will promote a healthy body weight and over-all health and wellness. But what happens when you blow it? Can you blow it if you aren’t on a diet? I think the answer is yes, and I have DONE it!
Can you blow it if you aren’t on a diet? I think the answer is yes, and I have DONE it!
How do you blow it if you aren’t on a diet? Simple – you eat junk and way too much of it! We need to eat according to our goals. My goal is health, wellness, and a leaner body. Therefore, I need to eat the foods that help me accomplish that goal. For me, that means limited starchy carbs, lots of fresh fruits and veggies, lean meats, and healthy fats. It doesn’t mean starving, skipping meals, or never having a sweet treat or a slice of pizza. Lately, however, the occasional treat has become the norm and my body is showing me in oh so many ways!
We’ve been in the process of moving for over a week now. We’ve been juggling junior high volley ball, JV football, and varsity football in the middle of it. My husband has been working a lot, and I have continued to try to keep up with personal training clients and teach boot camp during the move as well. I have given myself permission to run through the drive through a few too many times and not always making the best choices when I do. For me, that is blowing it. For you, it may be something else. It may be a cookie binge when you are stressed out. It may be skipping meal prep because you are tired and just don’t want to take the time. It may be skipping meals altogether to make up for over eating. Whatever the reason, the strategies to get back on track are the same.
How do we get back on track when we’ve blown it? For one, refocus on your why. I wrote about your why recently in a blog. When you remind yourself of your why, it is easier to take the steps to get back on track. Here are a few suggestions to help you bounce back after you’ve blown it:
- Don’t rehash past poor choices. Guilt is not a good long-term motivator!
- Remind yourself why you want to make healthy choices and how good you feel when you do.
- Don’t focus on the “I can’ts” – instead focus on the “I cans” of your food choices. In reality, you CAN have whatever you want, but you choose to eat a particular way to support your long-term objectives.
- Choose to eat a clean, healthy meal the next time you eat. If you’ve made a bad choice at breakfast, don’t use that as an excuse to throw in the towel for the day.
- Remember, change takes TIME and there are no quick fixes. As tempting as the latest shake diet or cleanse sounds for dropping pounds quickly, those methods will not yield long-term, effective results.
- MOVE your body. There are two sides to the health equation. Clean eating AND exercise.
- To quote a famous advertising slogan – JUST DO IT!
I often feel like a broken record, but I seem to need this reminder a lot lately. It’s not complicated, it’s a matter of choice. Today, I choose to regain control of my eating habits, continue this journey of a healthy lifestyle and focus on the positive things I can accomplish, not on my past short-comings! How about you? Are you living the lifestyle you want to live? Have you blown it and need to get back on track? I hope these tips help! I love hearing from you so be sure to comment and share this with your friends!