A stumble is not a fall – it is so important to acknowledge that for successful weight loss!
We mostly have a clear view of what we want to look like, even if we don’t have a clear view of how to get there, and once we are motivated, we do our best to keep on track with our nutrition and movement. However there will always be times when we stumble – a little bit like tripping over the pavement. We are watching where we are going and focussing on our destination and something changes, someone drops something on the payment for instance and we trip. What then? Do we sit and think, “Right, that’s it, I have tripped up, I might as well spend the rest of the day lying on the pavement because I am expecting to trip again?” No, of course not! It is the same with our food.
Even with the best laid plans and preparation, something at some point will happen to derail you. You might find yourself extra hungry and having to grab some product from a motorway station late at night. You might find yourself at a party where the host has made a birthday cake and it would be horribly rude to refuse a small slice. Or you just feel like something sweet and ‘treaty’ whilst watching the tv at the end of a boring day. You then “give in to temptation” and feel miserable and like a failure later. Sounding familiar?
I want to reassure you that a stumble is not a fall and definitely not a failure. I always tell my clients to be kind to themselves. Know that you are doing the best you can in the circumstances you find yourself in and a temporary set back is simply that, temporary. If you stay on your healthy track 80% of the time, you will reach (and maintain) your weight loss goals, and the more often you make healthier choices, the more often the only choices you will look for and see, will be the ones that keep you on track.
I want you to remember how amazing you are at caring for others and dishing out kindness and support to others whenever it is needed and yet we rarely do the same for ourselves. We beat ourselves up for being human and then give up. Don’t! Be the person to yourself that you are to your loved ones. Acknowledge the stumble, learn from it (if it was an emotional one) and move on being your best, most fabulous and slim YOU! x