One Bad Meal Doesn't Mean I'm a Failure!

Saturday, September 08, 2012

Yep. Just what the title reads.

For three weeks I have been successful at tracking and staying on target for my eating. I feel better and sleep better and have more energy.

So, what's the problem?

Problem 1) Last night my hubby and I decided to go out to eat which was unplanned.

Problem 2) One of my comfort foods is beer-battered fish and french fries. It was the first item on the special menu and is just what I ordered. I ate everything on my plate except for a few fries.

Problem 3) Not ordering a salad. What was I thinking, I always order a side salad.

Problem 4) Dessert, warm chocolate chip cookie with a scoop of ice cream on top.

All problems. All BIG mistakes!


I could beat myself up and have it ruin my efforts or I could turn it into a positive.

Positive 1) It was ONE meal and not the whole day.

Positive 2) The fat and always full feeling is all too familiar prior to joining Spark People. I didn't like it then, and I don't like it now.

Positive 3) I am now, more than ever, motivated to become successful at losing this weight and further developing healthier eating and exercising habits.

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Member Comments About This Blog Post
    I watch myself. I observe myself. Feelings, actions all, good and bad. No judging, just learning, and moving forward step by little step.

    ;-) Jen
    2767 days ago
    We are not human if we don't have a treat now and again. It will only make us fail more if we don't incorporate a proper lifestyle change which includes the odd cheat day now and again. Take your mistakes and change them into positives you will find that next week it will work for you. Good for you recognizing where you went wrong
    2767 days ago
    Taking your mistakes and turning them into learning moments, and keeping positive about your overall efforts - two great keys for long-term success!!
    2767 days ago
  • DARLY55
    I don't know about you, but with me, when I have a less than good food day, I tend to lose a pound rather than gain one, go figure! I guess it shocks our system enough and makes our digestive system work harder to eliminate the extra waste, since our normal healthy fair is easier to digest. Thus, the extra work burns extra calories as we sleep! At least that is how it does for me, I guess. Anyway, it's not as bad on us as we feel about it. Therefore by igniting the Spark in your motivation, your less than perfect meal wasn't so terrible after all. Enjoy!
    2768 days ago
  • 13610511
    Yes, learn from the experience and move on.

    My night last night was similar. Spouse got home and dinner was going to be left over healthy tacos, with ground turkey and low carb tortillas. But, he wanted the taco meat as nachos instead. I said OK. And oh it is friday night, wouldn't a beer or two would be good with that. And he said how about some of those chocolate dipped cookies for desert. So too many tortilla chips plus two beers and three cookies gave me a 1000+ calorie meal and a 2000+ day.

    A splurge is ok, but this was three splurges in one meal. I was pretty mad at myself the next day when I tallied up the damage.

    What did I learn, next time I should just have the tacos, a few chips, and maybe a diet soda, let him have his nachos, I don't have to join him. One cookie would have been fine, and skip the beer, if I want volume have a diet soda, if I want alcohol, have a glass of white wine.

    Today I have jumped back on track with both feet!
    2768 days ago
    I love this! I do the same thing and I like how you turned it around to a positive learning experience! Great job and keep it up! :)
    2768 days ago
    YOu go Girl!!!! Learn from our mistakes. Way to turn this around and keep moving forward!!
    2768 days ago
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