I’m coming off a less than stellar eating weekend. I ate out twice and my food choices were outside of my boundaries. In the past, this would have completely derailed me, but praise God I’m at a place where I can quickly and effortlessly get back on track.
In the past I would beat up on myself–get depressed and end up eating more to make myself feel better. That would lead me to plan a super low-calorie diet to punish myself and vow to only eat ‘x’ or ‘y’ all week until I got back to my goal weight. Then I would question my commitment to God and finally waste a bunch of time on the internet looking for the perfect plan that I could stick to. Does any of this sound familiar?
Nowadays, after learning new habits and skills, restarting is no longer an event. It’s not filled with drama or condemnation. It’s as simple as:
Renew your mind
- Stop your “stinkin’ thinkin”’ and recognize that this is part of the journey and that a set-back does not mean that you’ve failed.
- Recite one of your favourite scriptures that will speak to your current situation.
Renew your commitment
- As soon as possible, take some time and remember why you’re on this health journey and why it’s so important.
- Renew your commitment to God and let Him know your desire to glorify Him in your body through the foods you eat and by being active whenever you can.
- Let God know that even though it may not look like it yet, you do want His will more than you want food (or whatever you’re desiring for him).
Restart your plan
- Eat a healthy meal, not a ‘punishment meal’ and not a ‘diet meal’. Just go back to what you know what to do.
- We often quit because deep down inside we have a fear that we will not succeed. The best way to overcome this fear is to take action despite the fear.
We have a tendency to make our health journey a lot more dramatic than it needs to be. Let’s stop wasting time beating up on ourselves and wallowing in our self-pity and just get back on track as soon as we can.
There’s no need to formulate a new plan, rather, understand that slip-ups are part of the journey; just because you slipped up does not mean that your plan is not working.
If you ate outside of your boundaries last weekend or even yesterday, quickly get back on track by implementing these 3 very simple steps. Don’t overthink it, just get ‘er done.