I used to think of it as making mistakes and I would stress myself out so much if I wasn't perfect. If I went over my calories for a day I would feel really guilty so wouldn't track (to try to avoid it) and I would too often just throw all my efforts away so I would have to start over.
I finally realized that thinking of going over one day as "making mistakes" just sets me up for failure. This is a complete lifestyle change, so there are no mistakes. Only choices. And my choices mean that I don't (not can't) eat all the junk I come across whenever I come across it because I know it isn't good for me and my body and mind don't want to live that way. However, if I choose to eat a big piece of cake at my niece's wedding next weekend then that's a choice I will make and it won't be a big deal. I will still eat 90-95% healthy all day so I'm not going to stress about it even if it does bring me over my calories for a day. I won't be picking myself back up or starting over again the next day either. I'll simply eat well like I always do, minus the cake. And it will probably be another month or so before I make such a choice again.
My overall goal is to live a life of 90/10 healthy/whatever. If that occasionally slips into the 80/20 range that's OK. I all balances out in the end.
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