Slip-ups are inevitable. What is the best way to get on track when things do not go according to plan?
I have learned to stop believing the lies I was telling myself when I slip, that "I'll always fail", "Here we go again", "You will always be fat", "You are too old"..on and on..all lies...counter the lies with the truth..you can do it all when you believe in yourself!
After gaining back a bunch of pounds, I decided to go back to Square One: re-setting my goals and my tracker, and going back to the Spark Fast Break Stage. The advices given there are jolting my memory and giving me courage to get back on track!
Instead of focusing on where you failed, give yourself credit for what you have accompished. You logged in to Sparkpeople for support, you drank water, you are not giving up...give yourself credit for this positive choice! It will help motivate you to start back to healthy habits again.
Yes, I'm talking about after a slip up. Then you'll feel indebted to yourself to make the right decisions moving forward! Sounds crazy but it works for me!!!
I don't mentally beat myself up for getting off track. It's in the past (whether it was last week or 5 minutes ago) and there's nothing that I can do about it now. I know that I can just focus on the here and now and try to make better decisions that will help me meet my goals.
Just looking at those awesome summer swim suits makes me motivated to work hard again! Even regular clothing looks so much cuter in my goal size than in my current one and I sure don't want to get back up to where I was.
In everyday life I try to give people positive comments. Sometimes I have to remind myself about my positives.
So when that happens I give myself a pep talk and it really makes a difference. The first few times it was weird but then I realized I am important and a role model for my family ;^)
So you selected something you usually don't eat! Consider it a treat not a cheat and move on! Cheating is so negative - treating is so positive! Just beware of how many treats you do so you don't lose track of where you're going! Treat yourself don't cheat yourself of positive rewards!
One of my favorite quotes is even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there. So get going!
Forgive yourself for slip-ups and use that positive self-talk! Remind yourself of what's important about your goals and be your own best cheerleader (remember, cheerleaders don't lie down on the field and cry when their team is behind, they tell everyone to FIGHT, FIGHT, FIGHT!!!)