Well I screwed up my diet again. Too many trips to the buffet, fried chicken, ice cream, and cookies from the Farmer’s Market that are so good they’ll knock your socks off.
So I was getting dressed for church in my one good pair of black pants and I couldn’t even button them around my expanding waistline. What was I going to do? I thought about going into hiding and changing my name so people wouldn’t know it was me, or wearing them unbuttoned with a long slimming top.
I’m not making excuses, even though I would like to, but every other pair of pants that I owned in the same size still fit. I might have drawn the pants up in a hot dryer and maybe that is why they were tight.
So I did a little research to see if I was the only one on the planet that was overeating, and it turns out I have a lot of company. That made me feel better, and now I am on the diet straight and narrow again.
Here are four ways to get back on track after you screw up your diet:
Banish All or Nothing Thinking
Too often when you fall off the diet wagon, there is a tendency to throw in the towel on your diet. Since you ate the fried chicken with all the trimmings, you might as well have a big piece of chocolate cake to top it off. If you feel like you have to give in to your favorite food, sit down and enjoy it, and then get back on track with something healthy like a fruit salad or Greek Yogurt.
Don’t Think of It As Cheating
When you hear the word “cheating,” more often than not something delicious with a lot of calories comes to mind. Give yourself permission to eat some of your favorite foods, and work them into your daily calorie count.
Remember How Good Your Body Feels
It’s important to remember why you’re eating a healthy diet. Sure, it’s fun to give in and eat high-calorie foods, but you often end up with indigestion and a bloated stomach. You’ll be happy to return to healthy foods that are good for your body, make you feel energetic, and help you maintain a normal weight.
Get Some Exercise
Yes, you ingested way too many calories, but there is nothing you can do about that now. If you have a gym membership, lift some weights, ride a stationary bike, or take a fitness class. Schedule an appointment with a personal trainer, who can help you set up some fitness goals to work towards.
Gym memberships can cost an arm and a leg, so if you’re budget-challenged, take a walk, go for a run, hit the trampoline with the kids, or put on some music and perfect your dance moves.