How to Get Over a Setback?

Ok, so who totally overdid it this past weekend? My name is Alex and I am a SUGAR ADDICT. I literally go crazy on Easter weekend, and Halloween, and Christmas and Valentine’s day and any day where we are swapping chocolate and stuffing our faces with dessert! I admit it: my kryptonite is CHOCOLATE and CAKE and COOKIES and…anything sweet and yummy and gooey!

Egg-eating

My food intake is usually on track but sometimes life happens and you just gotta give in. It happens to the best of us! We are doing great, we are motivated with our fitness routine, sticking to our meal plan and then it hits… one moment of weakness and we feel that all that hard work went down the drain. We get down on ourselves and the negative committee in our heads chimes in: Why am I so weak? Did I really need that extra piece of [fill in the blank]? I can’t do this. This is too hard. I will never be healthy. I will never lose the weight. I’m just not strong enough to do it.

NOW STOP. BREATHE.

Why not switch off that voice in your head that is telling you that it’s time to quit or not even worth starting? If we listened to that voice in our head every time we started something new, we would not be walking today and we would still be wearing diapers. Let me explain:  when a baby learns to walk, they will inevitably fall down, stumble, trip… but does that baby tell himself or herself: What’s the point? I suck at this! I might as well stop here before I hurt myself even more? NO! They keep going and keep falling and learn how to stand, then learn how to take a few steps, then finally they learn how to walk. That doesn’t mean they will never fall again. Heck, we all have tripped on a stair or carpet even once we’ve mastered the art of walking. But do we give up? NO. We get back up and continue our walk as if nothing happened.

Now, how about we use this same approach to our health goal?

learning to walk

Here are 10 tips to get back on track today:

START NOW – you can’t undo the past but you can definitely do better in the future. Learn from it.

DRINK WATER – This helps flush out all the toxins. Add lemon for extra flavor and a detox boost.

EAT – Don’t make up for overeating by not eating, just make better choices

PLAN – Plan your meals this week, including snacks. It takes the guesswork out especially when you’re in a pinch for food and tempted to grab anything on the go.

VEGGIES – Load up on ‘em

MOVE – Get your sweat on. Trust me you will feel better after. If you don’t at least you will feel less guilty ;P

BE YOUR OWN BEST FRIEND – What would you tell a friend if they “screwed” up? Would you beat them up about it or would you tell them to not be so hard on themselves and move on? Unless you’re an old Italian grandmother, I think you would chose the positive option!

RE-FOCUS – Put your focus back on WHY you wanted to get healthy in the first place.

REMEMBER: Life happens!

REPEAT this tomorrow, or why wait ‘til tomorrow, REPEAT this at your next meal!

And if you still feel you need an extra boost to get on track, you can always contact me and join my motivation challenge group! It’s never too late to make healthy choices. YOU GOT THIS!

 

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Alexandra Fioriello

Wellness/happiness/motivation coach who also happens to be a senior marketing research consultant and mom to two amazing yet very assertive and demanding toddlers.

2 thoughts on “How to Get Over a Setback?”

  1. Great advice – especially after Easter! I definitely had a set back but it wasn’t particularly chocolate…it was my kryptonite – cheese! I’m also lactose intolerant so yeah…let’s just say I suffered the consequences of my actions 😀

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