We all do it. Eat healthily for a while and then have a bad day, then two, then several weeks later we have put back on all the weight that we had lost and even worse feel as guilty as hell, and have lost any self-confidence and motivation we gained. I’ve done it, many, many times, and maybe you have done it too. So let’s think how we can clamber back onto the wagon as soon as possible, and maybe, even use it as a learning experience (yes really!).
- The first and I think most important thing is to draw a line under it as quickly as possible. It’s happened, accept it and move on. Get back on the wagon ASAP, don’t wait for Monday or your next weigh in. Do it now. If you don’t then a bad day will become two, then three and more.
- Don’t beat yourself up or brood over it. You’re human, you make mistakes. We all do. Put it behind you as quickly as possible. Think positive.
- Be honest with your support system. Tell them you are having a hard time. They will want to help you. Let them.
- If you have bought any goodies during your off the wagon stage get rid of them. Not in the back of the cupboard, mind. We know what will happen to them at some stage…
- Remind yourself why you are trying to lose weight. Go back and read your aims and goals and make use of any motivational tools you find useful.
- Think of falling off the wagon as a way to learn about yourself and improve your new lifestyle. You might identify some trigger points and once identified you can plan to avoid them again or recognise how to manage with them. Use the experience to your advantage.
All the best,