How to Avoid Falling off the Wagon
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How do you avoid falling off the wagon when it comes to weight loss? It seems more often than not, we’re using that phrase.
How’s it working for you?
We use this “falling off the wagon as if it is something we might never get back up on. How many times do you think you’ve used that terminology? How does it make you feel? Kind of defeated? Like you have failed? Oh, you can just start again on Monday. How many Mondays will there be?
It’s all or nothing
We seem to have this all or nothing mentality and if things don’t go 100% according to plan we “fall off”. We “fail” time and time again and end up going through this crazy, vicious cycle of on-again, off-again wagon riding. How’s that working for you?
THIS IS NOT YOUR FAULT
None of this is your fault and you shouldn’t shame yourself. I’m about to let you in on a little secret here…THERE IS NO DAMN WAGON!! For real, if there is nothing to fall off of, you won’t have to worry about falling. Society has lead us to believe we are wrong if we “fall off the wagon”. Well, from this day forward, starting right now, there is no longer a wagon for you to fall off of.
Somewhere along the way, we have stopped listening to our bodies and have gone to this all or nothing diet mentality that isn’t getting us anywhere but frustrated.
It’s about finding a healthy balance
I’m all about balance, oh and sanity. If it’s something I can’t sustain for the long haul, I’m out. I am not about restricting myself until I “fall off the wagon” and go on a binge. Been there, done that, wrote the book on it. It’s about finding a healthy balance and one that works for YOU. What works for one, won’t always work for others.
I’m not interested in what you can do perfectly for 30, 60 or 90 days. I’m interested in what you can do without losing your sanity and being able to sustain it for the long haul. It’s about progress, not perfection. Stop trying to be 100% perfect.
Change your mindset
I know this all may sound a little crazy since we have had this dieting mindset for so long but we need to change that up and look at things realistically. It’s time to stop focusing so damn much on a number on a scale and weight loss. We have to stop hating our bodies and looking at food as the enemy if we “mess up”.
Allow yourself to be human. Look at from a health standpoint and see it from the nutritional point of the spectrum. The diet culture can be wicked and it can take us down if we allow it. Give yourself some grace and take a deep breath and let it out. You’re doing the best you can.
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