Sometimes the weather just gets to you. Normally it is the feelings associated with the weather, but I feel like everyone blames the weather for something so I thought I would hop on that bandwagon for a second. Yesterday was rainy. Super rainy. We definitely needed the rain, so I am not complaining about that. It’s just the fact that rainy days have a tendency to lull me into sleep and make me cuddle under blankets. I want to watch little kid movies and eat peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. On top of the fact that it was rainy, I also woke up with a horrendous migraine. I blame the super stressful dreams I was having. It probably made me grind my teeth in pure frustration. Darn kids, not wanting to learn about the 80’s, and me forgetting the darn cupcakes I worked so hard to make… let me tell you, it was not a pretty sight inside my head. I ate fairly well throughout the day, despite the headache and wanting to indulge in grilled cheeses with lots of butter and a big slice of chocolate cake (I didn’t do that). Instead, I ate my protein bar and drank a glass of almond milk for breakfast, had a Veggie Delite sandwich from Subway (Mom’s treat. Who can say no?), and then it went down hill from there. First, the husband made a Kashi pizza which is absolutely delicious. But for some reason, I was just satisfied. After my migraines go away, for whatever reason, I feel like I am absolutely starving. I should have just stuffed myself with fruit but instead we got chicken wings. Yes, you heard that right. I ate pizza and chicken wings last night for dinner.
But guess what? I woke up this morning and did not gain 60+ pounds back. I might have gained a little on the scale, but the world did not end. I indulged a little but I did not all of a sudden un-do all the work I have already done this week. The thing is you are not going to be perfect ALL the time. Best part of all, it does not make you a horrible person! Your “diet” is not over because of a couple mistakes. They happen. It would be like going on a road trip and making one wrong turn and just giving up and going back home. Would you seriously do that? Sometimes making wrong turns lead to great memories to look back on and learn from. So don’t deny yourself some wrong turns here and there.
One day of messing up is nothing compared to the rest of your life. This journey is one you are going to be on for a very long time so you better get used to some bumps in the road. Just don’t get too carried away with it.
Step One: Know You Are Indulging. Just because you are going a little crazy does not mean you should stop keeping track of what you are eating. Remain aware. As soon as you stop paying attention, the harder it will be to stop yourself. One night is not disastrous. Seven Nights on the other hand… is not good. If you are keeping track of calories, you have to track down the bad stuff too. Just because you don’t write it down, doesn’t mean it didn’t happen. I admit, I was 700 calories over what my allotted calories are for the day. It happened. No regrets. Move on.
Step Two: If You Are Feeling Absolutely Guilty and About to Binge. Drink Some Water and Do Some Exercise. I don’t care if it is 1 in the morning or in a public place. Drink a big glass of water ASAP and do some form of exercise. I don’t care if it is a couple jump jacks in the bathroom, jogging in place, breaking out into dance. Get your mind off the food and do something active. Afterwards, take a moment to think. Are you hungry? Or are you just emotional? I did sit ups, push ups, and high knees. After that, I felt a little more centered.
Step Three: Set Yourself Up For Success. Make sure you have some healthy food to eat in the morning. Set up a gym date with a friend. Get active first thing and don’t wallow in what you think is a “failure.” The more you wallow, the more you eat, and the more you eat, the more you wallow. Stop the cycle before it even begins. I set up a running date with my husband this morning, and I texted a friend to go horseback riding later this afternoon.
Step Four: You Don’t Suck. Like I said, no one is perfect. Slip ups happen. It’s a long ass journey! No way in hell am I going to be perfect every single day of every single year. Food is still occasionally a crutch to me. But I am ok with that. I am not going to shun food and make myself miserable about it. You may not lose weight as fast as you wanted to, but you can still lose weight and get healthy as long as your healthy days out weigh the bad days.
Step Five: Notice How You Are Feeling When You Start Eating Poorly. If you know what triggers to look for, you can avoid less damaging binges in the future. Cut it off at the pass and make a list of alternatives rather than eating. Call a friend, get out of the house, go running, listen to music. Next rainy day, I am going to push myself to do a work out DVD. When I do a lot of exercise, I am less likely to undo all that work with binging. Also, I am going get stuff on hand so I can make a healthy dessert. That way I can get that comfort food fix without the extra calories.
It’s going to happen. No matter what. You are going to have your bad days. But don’t make your bad days into bad weeks, and your bad weeks into bad habits.