Someone told me once that "it's no big deal to have an off day. Just get back on board the next day and move forward." There's a LOT of truth in that message
. It doesn't do you one bit of good to beat yourself up over history. But there's also some danger in taking things too lightly. I think a lot of my yo-yoing right now is that I'm pretty easy on myself when I make exceptions to my new and improved lifestyle. There's room for me to grow when it comes to making strong, solid, HEALTHY decisions 24/7. I need to fight my, apparently still with me, side that wants what I want
even when it's not what I need .
This past weekend was a mix of good and not-so-good.
. We had people over for dinner Friday and, although the food served was healthy, there was more of it than normal AND dessert AND alcohol. When I calculated my food intake later that evening I saw where I exceeded 1000 calories (dessert, alcohol, bread) which is WAY too much of a good thing. I had planned a healthy meal but hadn't truly evaluated how things would add up. Yikes
Saturday I went out to dinner with family to a Chinese restaurant. I didn't check the menu in advance and ordered something that was highly caloric. Ouch! I did what I have a tendency to do in restaurants to this day....order what sounds delicious at that moment. By the time its served I've given myself permission to eat what I want, as much as I want. I pulled my punches a little (didn't finish everything, avoided the fried wontons, only had 1 glass of wine and lots of water) and that's better than it could have been but ultimately, I ate too much and unwisely.
The good things? I had a great day exercising on Sunday. Went to a yoga in the park thing and am stiff today (lots of downward dogs, planks and other core poses), got my walking in. My dinner Sunday was back on track.
The thing is, when you look at what you're doing you see that you make so many decisions a day. And those decisions add up....to the good or to the bad. When you are trying to get stronger, lose weight, if you seem to be giving yourself permission to make a lot of little exceptions to the rules although those poor decisions aren't killers, they do damage. And they may keep you yo-yoing like I'm doing right now. 3 days of being on track with 2 days of being off-track? You will stall. And that's what my rearview mirror look at my weekend shows me. I've stalled.
People tell me I've got a great attitude, I know what to do, and I reset and do it. But it's time to shake things up for the better! It's time to get consistent and not be so willing to accept backsliding.
Back to basics!