Falling Off The Wagon Gracefully

Anyone who has ever tried to eat more healthfully or begin an exercise routine knows what it is like to fall off the wagon. You’re doing great and then something comes along and messes up your success, and you revert back to old behavior. This weekend, that for me was getting sick. In a matter of days I had dental work and a terrible head cold which left me without energy and in pain. I didn’t feel I had the mental energy that it takes to make good food choices and track. Here are some lessons I learned.

Make The Healthy Choices You Can Make

Anytime you change a lifestyle, it takes mental effort. This effort can feel overwhelming when stressed or sick. Sometimes, the best you can do is to minimize the damage. Eat as well as you can. For me, my body needed soup and juice. This meant choosing low sodium crackers and soup, and juice with low sugar.

Speak Kindly To Yourself

We all make mistakes. For some reason, being overweight comes with a heavy dose of shame and guilt. This is compounded when we speak with anger or disgust to ourselves. This week as I was dying ugly on my couch, I found myself thinking, “I’m never going to lose weight.” That’s not true. I was sick and in pain, not giving up. Changing thoughts to those that are healthier can help you not beat yourself up quite as much. “I got this. I am being as healthy as I can right now. When I feel better, I’ll track again.” Or, “I can make good choices.” Or, “Even when I gain weight and make mistakes, I am still a person of value and worth. My weight does not define me.”

Recharge

Part of falling (or catapulting, depending on how bad it is) off of the wagon is preparing to get back on. Do things that help you love yourself and that are healthy. Get a good night’s sleep, speak to friends and family, go to a meeting, etc. The great thing about Weight Watchers is that every day starts fresh. If you’re struggling on Monday, Tuesday is a brand new day.

Drink Lots Of Water

I know this sounds silly, but since being on Weight Watchers, I am finding this is the solution to everything. If you’re sick like I was, obviously drinking water helps you get better. If you overate, drinking water can flush the sodium right out of you. If you are having a hard time feeling full, water can help with that too. I am no nutritionist or doctor, but I am starting to think one of the healthiest things I can do for myself is drink enough water.

Christmas and the holiday time can be filled with family fun and celebration.  With that comes with food decisions. It can also be filled with sadness and loneliness.  Remember to take care of yourself, recharge your batteries, speak kindly to yourself, and drink lots of water. 🙂 We’ve got this.

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