I had a disasterous weekend! I was working at the PA Farm Show in Harrisburg. We worked 12 hour days. We ate a big breakfast. We had no lunch. We nibbled our way to 9 p.m on snack food. We got little exercise (except for a walk to get a famous Farm Show milkshake). We ate dinner in a restaurant at 9:30 p.m. We didn’t get to bed till midnight. We did it all over again the next day. I tried to make healthy food choices, but when I got home the scale was WAY up.
Has this happened to you? From time to time, we all fall off the weight loss (or weight maintenance) wagon. It’s okay! Don’t throw your hands up in defeat and quit forever. Here are 5 tips to get you back on track.
- Forgive yourself- It does absolutely no good to beat yourself up over it. That causes undo stress that, guess what? Makes it harder to lose weight and keep it off. The stress hormone Cortisol makes it more difficult to lose weight and keep it off.
- Realize there may be other factors at play-Being on my feet all day, lack of sleep, lack of water (we forgot to take some in our cooler) and eating late all played a part in the big number on the scale Monday morning. (My fingers were so swollen, I couldn’t budge my rings). By Monday afternoon I had already lost a pound.
- Get back to regular habits as soon as possible-I can’t stress this enough. Many people think, “Oh well, I blew it, I failed, I’m done.” Then they use that as an excuse for more unhealthy behavior. You will feel better quickly if you just get back to healthy eating, sleeping and moving.
- Get moving-As soon as possible, get moving. Do some yoga, take a walk at lunchtime, get your workout in. My aching feet and sore back from all that standing in one place thanked me!
- It’s a lifestyle, not a diet-There will always be bad weekends, or vacations, or holidays that will be stumbling points. Think of them as hurdles to jump over or go around rather than brick walls that stop your progress!
Do you have any “get back on track” tips? Share them in the comments!
Here’s the periscope video I did about my disaster weekend: