Usually in life, when you make a mistake or fall of the wagon, you have to dust yourself off and get right back up. Each mistake can be turned into an opportunity to learn something new and evolve. The same goes with dieting and fitness: so you’ve exceeded you daily calorie allowance and you’ve been slacking on exercising. It’s not the end of the world, the only way to overcome failure is to view it as an entry point for learning. Diet detours don’t have to become guilt-wracked weight loss program disasters.
1. Accept it: In order to deal with your mistakes, you need to accept them first. Failing is part of life, if you are truly living that is, really reaching, and really risking. There isn’t one single person out there that has had an easy straight one-way journey with weight loss. Usually it is five steps forward and three steps back, but as long as you use the steps back to get valuable pieces of information about yourself, your eating patterns and what makes you slip, everything is fine.
2. Ask yourself questions: You have to understand these situations, if you want to deal with them in a productive manner. Ask yourself what made you slip? Do you have co-workers, family or friends who push food on you? Did you binge because you were stuffing down emotional issues that need to be resolved? You need to figure out what is motivating your behavior, then discover healthier coping mechanisms that set you up for success. For instance: start a journal and write down what you’re going through, describing in details your emotions instead of bingeing.
3. Don’t give up: Try and maintain a positive attitude despite failing to stick to your diet. Remind yourself that if you aren’t failing once in while you weren’t trying hard enough! Each mistake can help you learn and grow and there is nothing that can’t be conquered through knowledge and patience.