Slip-ups are inevitable. What is the best way to get on track when things do not go according to plan?
I have learned that starting over is NOT a bad thing. If you screw up, there is always tomorrow to begin again. if at first you don't succeed, try, try again.
We all slip once in a while, and we all make mistakes, but the key is how do we get back on the track. We forgive our self, and realize that we can continue when we really want to reach our goal,
Don't be too hard on yourself if you screw up for a day or two (or more!). If you eat too much and/or and don't exercise, don't be too hard on yourself and don't let it set you back! Just keep plowing forward, forgive yourself, and remember tomorrow is always a new day!
Humans were created in a way so it is not easy to pat ourselves on the back or kick ourselves. But sometimes a good kick in the backside is what I need to get going. It is always received better if I get to do my own kicking.
When I came back to Sparkpeople last fall, I couldn't wrap my head around all the tracking of food, fitness, goals, weight...it was just too much. I started with food and then eventually I started tracking fitness. As progress and numbers wracked up, the more I wanted to use Spark and participate.
Realize that the difference between a thin person and a person with weight problems is that the skinny person doesn't beat herself up after eating off track. When eating chocolate or pizza or other, enjoy it. Don't guilt yourself into a binge. Skinny people often eat chocolate!!
When I am eating even though I am not hungry and yet I keep looking for more food to put past my lips, I go brush my teeth. This helps put on the brakes for me and often food doesn't taste great with residual toothpaste anyway!!
We're all human, and we're living 'lives' while on this health journey. There are times when we will fall off track because of a bad day or a social event etc. The key is to accept it, forgive yourself and get back on track at the very next opportunity...which is always 'now!'
Joining a team that is active and has positive dedicated sparkers will enable you to gain support, keep your momentum going, and allow you to grow from the feedback.
Sharing is one of the best ways to hold yourself accountable and truly does develop confidence and consistency.