For a variety of reasons (vacations, parties, stressful weeks) I occasionally find myself eating a few too many "sometimes" foods, drinking a little more wine than needed, justifying why watching 2 hours per week of the Bachelor is more important than sleeping, and ignoring some of my body's signals that I should slow down, drink some water, and take care of myself.
Sometimes during this phase, I'll end up at a restaurant or a party surrounded by everything delicious and cheese-filled, and I'll hear a little voice listing all the reasons why it's okay to indulge. "Diet starts Monday..." the little voice will chant. And sometimes, "Oh whatever, today is ruined anyway...". And I recognize that voice from a past life of dieting and restricting myself, and I have to take a moment to remember - that's not the way it works around here anymore. This is not a diet, it's a commitment to eating healthy and taking care of myself to the best of my ability day in and day out.
So I'm working on re-programming that voice. I'm asking him to ditch the diet-starts-Monday chant and replace it with this question - "What's the best decision you can make?
Changing my mindset in these situations is helping me avoid the teeter totter of dieting and un-dieting that's destructive to our bodies and definitely not sustainable. Next time you find yourself on-the-road, in a restaurant, in the grocery store, or even at home, I invite you to give it a try. Ask yourself - What's the best decision I can make?
The answer is always different but here are some examples:
- While on the road, it could mean stopping at a grocery store to pick up fresh fruit and vegetables, instead of stopping at a gas station for chips and candy.
- At a restaurant, it could mean ordering a salad (or even ordering a salad with your pizza).
- At the grocery store, it could mean substituting a can of processed soup for a freshly made option.
- At home, it could mean making a smoothie for dessert instead of having ice cream.
Whatever it means for you, I want to hear about it. Share below or setup some time one-on-one.
Cheers to you!