I worry that people who read this blog will think that they don’t have a chance to match my success in getting healthy and losing weight because they can’t be “Perfect” in following their lifestyle or diet. I want everyone who reads this blog to know that I’m not perfect, either.
However, I do mitigate any potential damage by not being perfect by using a few strategies to get me through.
- I don’t consider sabotage acceptable. People call these “Cheat meals,” or “Cheat days.” I don’t do them. However, if I do slip and eat something I shouldn’t have, or eat more than I should have, then;
- Don’t continue down the slippery slope. So you ate a little bit more than you should have or had a few bites of pie or cake from your kids’ plate. Big deal. Just continue to stay the course, don’t pig out, and don’t keep eating that way.
- Avoid temptation altogether by avoiding delis or places that don’t have healthy options.
- Along with #3, get to know foods you can eat at each type of restaurant you go to. For example, I know I can always get beef or chicken fajitas at Mexican restaurants, or steak and most others.
- Exercise. I didn’t do any of this for the first year of my journey, but I do now. When I eat a little too much, I’ll add a mile or so to my run to mitigate the extra caloric intake.
- If all else fails, just forget the indiscretion and carry on. Tomorrow is a new day.
Nobody is perfect. Nobody can stick to this 100% without a treat here and there. That’s what living is about: the little experiences and treats. I have been very happy in my journey because I don’t beat myself up if I go off-plan for a little bit. I enjoy life, I have some alcohol or sweets every now and then, and then I get right back up on that horse and ride it hard. The more important thing is to stay on for the long haul. That’s where the magic happens.