Wouldn’t it be wonderful if every day was a winning day? Life would be great if the scale always moved in the right direction, and we always drank 64 ounces of water each day while never allowing sugar to cross our lips. Folks, this just isn’t the way real life happens. Sure, we all give it our best shot but let’s face it, there will be times when we get off track. There will be times when “bread” happens. There will be times where we make “not so perfect” food decisions.
So what happens then?
Do we just gracefully exit from all this healthy eating stuff? Do we just return back to our old habits?
I am here to tell you that one or two bad days (or even a few weeks or months) should not be the reason why you give up. It happens to ALL of us. Do you know what we do? We re-commit to ourselves and we just keep on going. We make a plan and we follow it. We try harder this time to make wiser food decisions and we put a meal plan into place.
We never give up.
It is easy to just spiral out of control but I want you to dig deep and to remember all of the reasons why we made the decision to have surgery and to get healthy. Take a day and be kind to yourself and re-commit. This means being totally honest with yourself and figuring out “what went wrong”. Don’t beat yourself up. Just be truthful and then move on. Nobody needs the additional stress of beating themselves up over and over again.
It happened, I ate all the donuts.
Why did I eat them? I was hungry.
How did it make me feel? It made me feel super bad and sad.
What am I going to do to prevent the next donut binge? I am going to prepare snacks so I am not hungry.
See how that goes? Identify what went wrong. Identify your weak points. Identify how you don’t want to go there again and move forward. Don’t wait until Monday. You can start with your very next meal.
I want us to get over the “all or nothing mentality”. This sort of thinking can lead us straight to the donut shop. Be honest with yourself and hold yourself accountable but then move forward. Beating yourself up will get you nowhere.
I care about you and your weight loss surgery results. Reach out if you need support.
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About the Author: Sheri Burkeis a Registered Holistic Nutritionist and Bariatric Surgery Coordinator at International Patient Facilitators in Tijuana and Cancun, Mexico. She has worked with bariatric surgery clients for over 10 years and especially enjoys providing nutritional guidance to pre and post bariatric clients.In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two teens and cooking up a nutritional storm in the kitchen.