Did you eat more Halloween candy than you planned last week? Okay admit it, are you still eating it even though the costumes got put back in the closet, and the pumpkins got thrown out? Are you sneaking the candy after the kids have gone to sleep? A bout of overeating or even a binge is bound to happen sometimes. That's why bouncing back is one of the most important habits you'll ever learn.
Here is a typical thought pattern that bingers have. Let's call it, "The Old Way." "When I slip up and eat something I know I shouldn't, I throw in the towel. I use that as permission to go on an overeating spree. I tell myself I'll start again tomorrow, or Monday, or next month. I already messed up, so why bother?"
In Shrink Yourself we teach you The Ten Healthy Habits that you need to know to master your weight. One of these is bouncing back. It's the habit that helps you get back on track when you eat something you wish you hadn't. We offer you activities to help you understand why you give up, when you have a slip up. In your Habit Diary we help you look at other areas in your life where you give up, and offer you insights into how those character traits affect your overeating.
Here is the way a member rewrites their negative thinking after they've acquired the healthy habit of bouncing back. "When I slip up and eat something I know I shouldn't, I forgive myself and make a better food choice the next time. I get right back on track and I don't spend too much time thinking of my mistake. It's about progress, not perfection."
...It's nearly impossible to strive to never have a binge or bout of overeating. You are going to make less than optimal choices some of the time. When you make a food choice that you wish you hadn't, you don't have to wait till tomorrow to get back on track. You can recommit to your health, your weight goals, and yourself at any moment. Just pick yourself up. Put down the candy. And get back on the right path. The quicker you can do this, the shorter distance off track you'll find yourself.
Joshua 1:9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go." (NIV)
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