I was getting ready to talk about how well my foray back into weight loss has been going. I was getting ready to proudly declare how I’ve lost over two pounds in the two weeks since I’ve gotten back on track… but then I slipped up.
You all know the old siren song of free food in the break room at work, right? If you know what I’m talking about, then you’ll probably be familiar with my story of yesterday.
The day was going swimmingly. Breakfast and lunch had been logged. I had plenty of calories left for dinner, and as I was leaving the break room after lunch, in walked donuts. Well, someone walked them in, but the specifics don’t matter here! The point is, I was going to have half of one, but they looked so small and so delicious and so fall-like that I simply said “forget it,” and took a whole one. That was slip up numero uno.
Then the volunteer luncheon that we’d been hosting ended and there were trays upon trays of untouched food left, including mountains of cheese. Cheese is one of my weaknesses, you know. Cheese and chocolate. I turned down the sheet cake, but I can never turn down cheese. “Cheese and chocolate are my weaknesses, you know” I exclaimed to a coworker. “I better get out of here now,” I said as I grabbed one last handful of cubed cheese. That was slip up numero dos.
I didn’t end up logging dinner; we had pizza. I had two Hershey chocolates for dessert. I definitely went over calories – BUT IT’S OKAY.
When I first lost over 100 pounds, people constantly asked me for tips and advice. The biggest tip I had to offer was this: your weight loss journey cannot be a diet. It needs to be your new lifestyle. In life, some days are good, some days are bad. That’s how it’s going to be in this journey too; some days will be better than others because it’s just life.
We all know that, in the long term, diets don’t work. Diets require you to be too stringent, strict, and hard on yourself for a set period of time. Most diets end in the dieter regaining the weight, because after that period of time, their go back to their old habits. Diets are merely a temporary solution to what is usually a lifelong problem of overeating.
My belief has always been that you need to give yourself some wiggle room and leniency since this is going to be an entire lifestyle change and overhaul. If you don’t, eventually it’ll all come crashing down. Eventually, you’ll get sick of depriving yourself of treats all the time. You’ll start to feel like you’re not living fully. No one can be spot on all of the time. This is why I forgive myself for slipping up yesterday.
Today is a new day, and tomorrow is another one. I may not be perfect, but I’ll do my best and I’ll know that it’s enough.
And if you happen to catch me with a cube of cheese or a piece of chocolate dangling out of my mouth – forgive me too, would ya? They’re my weaknesses, you know.