Get Back In the Game

A Bit of Joy

Maybe it's this cool August weather. Or the phase of the moon. Or maybe it's the return of the Hostess Twinkies. Or maybe not.

In any case, many people of my weight loss folks (coachees?)have been struggling with with their food choices lately. They want help getting refocused and back on track. This is a tough one for many of us who get fed up with our own "screw ups," decide there isn't any hope of success, and end up diving into that bag of chips or cookies. Is that you? You're not alone.

The first step is to STOP. Stop thinking about what you just ate. Stop beating yourself up. Let it go. Not one of us is perfect; not one of us make the best choices all the time. Let go of that "all-or-nothing" thinking.

Next, LOOK. Simply observe, without judgment, what just happened. Yep, it happened. I ate it. But, it's over.The action was neither bad nor good. Eating what you did simply was. Write it all down or don't---whatever helps you the most.

Now, ACT! Turn it around. Choose one positive action, one simple step that is part of your healthy living plan. You could drink a glass of water, eat some cherry tomatoes, take a 10 minute walk, write in your journal, or spend that time doing something that brings you joy (besides chocolate!) As soon as you take that positive action, the next step in that same positive direction is easier. Plan to take another positive step in the next 30 minutes. 

It's all about loving yourself enough to work on taking a different, healthier path. When we find ourselves veering off the road, we need to redirect our wheels. But, each time we correct our wheels, the better we get at staying on the road. No, it's not easy, but you and I are worth everything it takes to travel that path toward better health.  

My joy of the day: buying a $5 bouquet of flowers at the farmer's market this morning, all for myself!