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How to Handle Falling Off the Health Wagon

Do You Beat Yourself Up If You Fall Off the Health Wagon?

Confession: I am feeling like a bit of a sham lately. Because a friend was visiting last week, I sort of deterred from my normal health routine. I haven't been to the gym in over a week, and I feel like my food choices have been questionable at best. While my friend was visiting, I didn't think twice about skipped workouts and eating out every day, but now that she's gone I've started to feel a little down on myself.

Before sinking into a major slump, I'm kicking my fitness routine back into full gear. I've got a gym date scheduled for tonight, and I'm signed up for two Pilates classes later this week. I also bought a week's worth of fresh produce at the farmers market yesterday to inspire me to eat healthier than I have been. And while I'm a little upset for neglecting what's important, I know that I'll be back on track in no time, so it's better not to beat myself up too much.

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Tonii2010 Tonii2010 5 years
I hate it when I get off the wagon because when I do I over do it and it is so hard for me to get back on track
greengucci greengucci 5 years
Ugh I hate when I get off the wagon it literally kills me. As if the world is crumbling beneath my feet.
amber512 amber512 5 years
Most of the time no, but sometimes I do and do hard!
Kellanawida Kellanawida 5 years
I get really frustrated. I find it seriously hard to get back on track but once I'm back I'm back.
Spectra Spectra 5 years
I only ever go "off" the wagon for maybe a day at a time. One day of skipping a workout or eating something unhealthy is enough of a motivator for me to get back on the program the next day.
janetmouse janetmouse 5 years
I've gone on and off the wagon so much it doesn't bother me!
livewell360 livewell360 5 years
I've learned to look at health with a long-term plan, so if I have a day or two where I indulge or take time off from working out, I don't really make a big deal of it, because I know in the grand scheme of things, it doesn't really matter. What matters is the big picture. I think that when you start to focus on the "bad" decisions that you make, it sends most people into a downward spiral of more bad feelings, and more "bad" decisions. The best thing to really do is just say so what, and move on. I actually wrote about this earlier this week in an article called "What’s Your Health Investment Strategy?" I like to think that I am on the Warren Buffett plan for health and wellness. :-)
guavajelly guavajelly 5 years
If you asked me this a couple days ago, I would have said yes, but I've been trying to see that it's alla balance and intuition game. If I eat something full of sugar then my next meal will be a big nutrient dense salad. Relax, & live! http://fullbodytransformation.wordpress.com/
tarabara1229 tarabara1229 5 years
Ugh, this happened last night! I've been so stressed at work that I caved and didn't work out. Then I binged on cookies and nutella! I was down on myself all night, but this morning I woke up and told myself that whatever happened yesterday is in the past. Today is going to be a good day!!
hex913 hex913 5 years
If there's one thing I've learned from being on Weight Watchers for two months, it's that the more I beat myself up for indulging in that chocolate cake (though it's usually french fries for me), the more likely I am to not get back ON the wagon. So I just accept I had something yummy to eat, and pick right back up where I left off. No sense in ruining the entire day (or week) over a treat!
100lbsandcountin 100lbsandcountin 5 years
yes, I tend to. I get very disappointed in myself and often find myself doing more damage when I've been REAL bad, get caught up in the whole messed up already, might as well eat whatever else I want for the entire day! - emotional eater I guess? Throughout my weight loss journey though I've realized this about myself and the trick is forgiveness, also, to make your indulgences PART of your plan. You didn't cheat or fall off the bandwagon because you ate your favorite fudge sundae or because you skipped a day of exercise! And in case you do fall even more behind, acknowledge it and take responsibility for your actions, then do something about it! www.100lbsandcounting.com
inlove23 inlove23 5 years
I'm on vacation right now and I hate that I don't have my usual food options. I'm trying to be as healthy as possible, but since it's not exactly the best place to run around here I've been slacking a bit which is killing me. I have been very active though so I'm hoping that counts for something!
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