When You Slip Up, Ease Up

slip up, ease upThis week I went to San Diego to meet up with a fabulous group of women. And I have to admit, I indulged a little. We went out to dinner and shared decadent desserts and a few bottles of shiraz. The company was great and I was thoroughly enjoying myself on this girl’s weekend, so I let the indulgences happen rather than ducking out of the fun early.

There used to be a time when I would have beat myself up for slipping up on my meal plan like this. I would feel like such a failure. I would think there was no way I would ever be able to reach my goal weight if I kept being weak and messing up. But this thinking is just wrong.

When we beat ourselves up for indulging a little to spend time with friends, we get into a cycle of negative thinking that actually keeps us down. We continue to tell ourselves that we can’t do this, that we can’t reach our goal weight or that we’ll never be skinny. And guess what? When we are in the mindset that we will never be skinny, we never will be!

Instead of being so hard on ourselves, a more healthy and effective approach is to appreciate the situation in which we indulged, and move on. No negative self talk allowed. Just gratitude followed by resuming your healthy habits. In my situation, I would take a moment to reflect on what a great time I had with an inspiring group of women in San Diego, then I would get back on track by drinking a large glass of water and going for a run.

To get back to your healthy habits after a weekend of decadence, it’s important to start the very next day with your routine. Don’t put off going to the gym or getting your exercise in. Don’t put off eating healthy ‘for just one more day’. Start fueling your body with healthy foods, lots of water, and your favorite exercise. You will begin to feel better in no time.

So next time you feel like you’ve failed on your fitness journey, dust yourself off, practice gratitude, and get back on your healthy path right away.

What’s your favorite way to bounce back after an indulgence?