A week of setbacks and what I plan to do about it.
Sunday, September 15, 2019
On my journey towards health, I've never had a perfect week where I ate what I meant to eat, in the amount I meant to eat, when I meant to eat it. Still, most weeks it has been two steps forward and one step back so that overall progress was made.
This week, however, it was more like one step forward, two steps back.
Who I am kidding? It was definitely three steps back. I ate high carb foods in big quantities and repeatedly broke down and ate when I should have been fasting. I've heard people talk about "cheat days", well I had a "cheat week."
As a result I'm a couple of pounds heavier than I was a week ago. I can't even claim that I have any deep insights into why it happened, only that it did.
So what am I going to do about it? We've all heard the saying that success comes down to falling down six times and getting up seven, and yes I plan to take that advice. In fact, I'm already back on track as of this morning and I'll let you know next week how I did.
And no, I don't plan on beating myself up over this. It happened, I can't take it back. So I'm not going to try anything extreme (home liposuction with a vacuum cleaner, a turkey baster and a pair of scissors anyone?), I'm simply going to get back on the horse.
But there is one thing that I plan to do differently than I have before. Looking back at past failures I notice that the beginning of the end for me was when I stopped weighing myself every day. Here's how it played out in my head, "Oh I know I messed up yesterday and the scale is going to show it. If I don't weigh myself, I won't have to see that incriminating number. I'll just be extra good today and then everything will be back to normal tomorrow."
It never worked. Putting my head in the sand led to a second bad day, and that turned into a bad week, a bad month and soon I was right back where I started. So this time I've been weighing myself every day as well as measuring my blood sugar. I don't beat myself up, but it's harder to slide when you face the numbers.
Wish me luck.