I try to bounce back immediately after the meal in which I slip up. I have only been on sparkpeople for a little over a month, and the first big slip up I had made me feel so much like a failure. That time I didn't start back until the next day (but I'm happy with myself for starting back.....I posted some spark messages and got some great motivational responses that helped so much.) I didn't do very well today either (at lunch mainly) but am now determined to get right back into my new healthy habits. In fact, I am about to go exercise!
I have found with time that I bounce back more quickly and fall off the wagon less. As my eating habits settle in to a healthier way, I am used to eating healthier and really think before I go back to old ways. You have to be gentle with yourself and not expect to be perfect. It is a gradual learning process.
This question is very appropo for me today. I have had a high calorie day so far, somewhat out of my control, but I do have control over how much I eat at dinner, even though I don't have control over what I eat because of where I am staying.
I've bounced back so many times I feel like a kangaroo. Time has proven to me that its ok to let yourself go as long as you can get yourself back. It's all about balance. It's not a static thing, its always changing. Understanding and forgiving myself have given me a sense of freedom. At the end of the day, the choices we make define us.
It depends on the set-back. When I have a lot of time on my hands, I seem to be able to stay on track because I have time to spend on SP to get the inspiration, motivation & encouragement I need. When I'm working regularly, life tends to get in the way and healthy lifestyle seems to take a back seat to the immediate pressures of daily living.
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After I complain for a bit, I get right back to it. Usually pretty fast depending on my mood.
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