You can’t fall off!

10 Jan

I’m having a crappy day today. There’s no reason for it, nothing bad has happened, or going to happen, I’m not sad, mad, or frusterated, just feeling a little blah. It hit me yesterday right before work. My day was going completely as planned, walked in the pouring rain, ate good clean food, and then BAM. I felt useless. I might be catching a bug, could be T.O.M, or not enough sunshine, who knows. That’s not the point of this post though.

I’ve had bad days before while dieting, and as I’m sure many of you will agree, they are pretty much detrimental to your success (well they were to me anyways.) In my experience, on a diet, fad, trend, whatever you’re going to call it, a bad day means several things:

1. You revert to your old ways of eating

2. You don’t even attempt to follow your diet (and if you do it’s gone by Lunch).

3. Your power bill increases by $20.00 that day because you’re standing in the fridge door all day grazing.

4. Your so stressed or upset that you can’t make lunch, so Fast-Food Drive-Through it is,

5. Cooking supper is out of the question, so you either eat out or order in.

6. You feel as motivated as a snail, so dishes pile up, your once clean kitchen a nightmare.

7. Working out? Out of the question!

8. Tomorrow… you dread because now you have to get back on the wagon. The routines & plans you set have failed you, they didn’t work as you planned, and now you have to start over (and face the scale!)

It’s a good thing we aren’t on the wagon to start with right?

You can’t fall off a wagon (diet) that you weren’t on.

You can’t get back on a wagon (diet) that you weren’t on.

You can’t fail a diet you aren’t on.

You can’t cheat on a diet you aren’t doing.

I don’t like the word can’t, but to me, today, this is so powerful.

I started off my morning on the wrong foot. I had it in my head that I was going to have a bad day (trailing on from yesterday). I slept in half an hour. Got up anyways, weighed in, got dressed. I looked at the bed and though “I’m allowed to have a bad day, I could just leave it…” Then I thought, tomorrow I’ll be pleased I did it. So I made the bed. Then I did some work, looked at our kitchen which was a bit of a disaster from the previous day. So I cleaned it up, vacuumed and got our entry way looking all nice. Then I played around with some kinect fitness stuff. I ate breakfast according to what I had planned the day before, and same with lunch. I decided to be creative with supper, still staying within my limits. When noon came around, which is when I go for my daily walk, I thought, I’m not in the mood… but I did it anyways, a bit slower, and and a bit more forced but I did it. I did some work from our couch which is coincidentally 5′ away from our kitchen/refrigerator. I haven’t even looked at that fridge all day except to get my meal food out of it.

This is so revolutionary for me! I can’t even believe these two bad days came from the same person!

I’ve said this before: My bad days now, are so different than my “old” bad days. I should learn to not call days like today a bad day. It could just be a regular ordinary day, nothing amazing about it, but really, nothing bad?

So, while I was on my walk today, I was thinking about this, and wondering why I haven’t fallen apart today and binged my way through the day. The answer was almost immediately clear. You can’t fall off of something you weren’t on to start with.

When I’ve dieted, I’ve allowed myself a “cheat day”, or just let things go too far (or forgotten to take the pills, drops, powder, whatever) and felt like a failure. I had failed – I failed the instructions that I was told, or read, and in addition to that, I knew the next day I would have to struggle and find my way back onto it.

But today, my journey is that of a lifestyle change. When you’re on a diet and you “fall back” to your old ways, you’re just going back to the lifestyle you are used to. So on my bad days, I live the lifestyle I’m used to, which is a healthy, positive one.  I’m learning it’s just as easy to stay on track in a healthy lifestyle, as it is to fall off onto an unhealthy one.

So tomorrow, I’ll wake up, make the bed, weigh in, and go on with my regular, every day lifestyle, and today will be in the past, without any thought in my mind 🙂

Peace Out! ❤

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