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Have you messed up your diet?

I admit, there’s more days than I’d like to admit where I feel like I failed at my ‘healthy eating’. (I try not to call it a diet.) I’m still susceptible to eating JUNK when I’m stressed or if I get too hungry and haven’t planned well.

I know I”m not alone. I get emails and messages about it all the time. It’s tempting to give up after having a rough go at mealtime for a few days…or weeks. But I have to remind myself – and I’m reminding you, that a few bad meals or a few bad days or weeks…does not mean you should give up. It does NOT negate all the hard work you’ve been through. Actually the same goes for missing workouts. Maybe you worked out religiously for 2 weeks but then you just sort of lost interest and haven’t done anymore for 2 weeks. You haven’t failed! Those 2 weeks you did complete are still with you. Just get back to it and be kind to yourself. The most important thing is to get your mind back in the game and just START again.

I created the poster below based on what I tell myself and what I try to pass along to you guys. Feel free to share on Pinterest, Facebook, or wherever you’d like. I think we all need to be reminded of it now and again.

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Have you ever given up on a fitness program or a diet because you felt like you’d failed after having some bad days/weeks?

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Don’t Give Up {we all have slip ups!}

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard someone say, “Well, I just ate {Fill in the Blank} so my diet it shot”.

I’m here to tell you, no it’s not! Don’t give up on yourself that easily. Nutrition is not black and white. One slip up doesn’t really mean anything to your body or your results. You did not “ruin your diet” by giving into temptation here and there. And if you’re on a “diet” that makes you think that, then you should consider ridding yourself from that “diet” and work on healthy eating instead. One of my favorite Pinterest finds tells it best:

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Remember, eating too little or very restricted gives you the opposite results you want (Unless you ARE looking to either gain weight or look weak?)

I prefer to think of my diet as:

A) More of a life-style, which is of course fluid

B) A weekly endeavor. I try to eat well most days, but I take it as a whole for the week. So a ‘bad’ meal or two is puny over the course of  a week.

C) Negotiable (to an extent). I’m a proponent of not giving up the things that you love. You must just learn moderation. If I eat super well Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and then someone brings cake to work Thursday..I’m happy to eat a piece. Cake is something I love. I don’t eat it every day. Or even every week. If I denied myself cake once in a while, I’d be miserable and would be VERY likely to fall back into a cycle of eating crappy consistently because I GAVE UP. {Remember the boxes of thin mints that I discussed a couple weeks ago (Plan of attack – Thin Mints, my nemesis.)? Well I devoured two boxes in just a few days, I’m embarrassed to say. BUT, I’m happy to reveal that that did NOT result in ANY weight gain or loss of muscle, etc…it’s all about the balance!}

So. That’s all I have for you for today. I want to keep this short so the message isn’t lost. If you have a slip up or two (or four), DON’T GIVE UP. It does NOT mean that you failed. You just start right back where you left of with your healthy lifestyle. The benefits you’ve gained from those days where you did eat well DO remain and you’re forming those healthy habits regardless. Just don’t give them up so easily!

Tell me, have you ever given up on a healthy-eating endeavor or anything else because you slipped up?

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