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Don't Give Up If You Give In to Occasional Temptations

Don't Give Up Because You Gave In

When trying to forge a healthy habit, even the strongest among us can slip up sometimes. Whatever our resolutions may be — working out every day, not eating sweets, having just one cup of coffee per day — we have unintended cheat days or weak moments. But just because you give in to temptation once doesn't mean you should give up your healthy goals.

I'll admit that sometimes when I veer from my healthy habits, I'm tempted to stay off track — just throw up my hands thinking the damage is done. This particularly happens during the holidays: if I pig out at one meal, why not just overeat at the next meal too? Or, after skipping workouts on vacation, it's difficult to motivate myself again.

But remember: just because you give in to temptation once doesn't mean you should give up entirely. In fact, it's even more reason to reset your healthy goals. If you end up eating a Snickers bar for breakfast in a weak moment, don't beat yourself up over it. Just make your next choice a healthy one and go from there. How do you deal with weak moments?

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Zulkey Zulkey 7 years
I think getting a better hold of that "all or nothing" mentality really made a huge difference in my life--otherwise I would be going "I'll start tomorrow, tomorrow tomorrow" until the day I died.
stephyr4 stephyr4 7 years
My problem is all-or nothing too. It's really bad. If I slip once throughout the day, I tend to slip and slip again after that. I really need to work on this.
amber512 amber512 7 years
I have been trying to make sure my NEXT meal is super healthy and good for me. Whether that is a really good breakfast the next morning, or a tasty, yet healthy snack. One slip up won't ruin everything! Although I am certainly not always good about this.
Francoisehardly Francoisehardly 7 years
I don't let myself feel too guilty if I "screw up". There's always the next meal to eat better. If you beat yourself up about it that'll just lead to feeling defeated and will be used as an excuse to not even try.
Kellanawida Kellanawida 7 years
I'm terrible! If I slip up, then I'll have something else. Then I decide to get back on track the next day, then next week......... I'm working really hard on this right now.
Spectra Spectra 7 years
If I screw up, I just tell myself that it's OK and that I'll get back on track again tomorrow. I usually don't "cheat" that badly, but everyone needs indulgences every now and then.
Angelica Angelica 7 years
This is truly the best advice. It's a health marathon, not a race. I take it slow and steady...and take breaks when I have to :)
onlysourcherry onlysourcherry 7 years
This is why I love calorie counting rather than "dieting." If I slip up, I just suck it up, enter the snickers or whatever into my food diary, and then figure out how i'm going to still meet my calorie goal for the day.
TiVo TiVo 7 years
I totally do that. I'm an all-or-nothing kind of girl. It's a pretty bad habit though that I'm working to fix.
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