Believe it or not, I fall off the wagon….regularly!
Do you feel like you’ve fallen off the wagon so many times that you’ve just given up and thrown away the keys? Do you even know what wagon you’re meant to be on? Or maybe you haven’t even realised that it was what you ate that knocked you off your perch.
I hear you! That was me, I’ve been there. I still go there! Nobody’s perfect.
I spent 2 weeks on a seaside holiday and it took me a week to realise why I had headaches, cramp and couldn’t sleep.
A couple of years ago we set off with two other families and it was the first time the boys were old enough to do their own thing (to a certain extent). Woohoo, I thought. Free rein for them and me! I have always been very social, and I mean the type of social that included lots of booze! I thought I’d be good, but not strict and that a week or two letting loose wouldn’t do me any harm.
Within 3 or 4 days I had constant headaches, cramps and just couldn’t sleep or stay asleep. After a week of this, I slapped my head and thought to myself, “What the Hell are you doing?!” I couldn’t understand why I needed to be so loose. With all I know and have learnt about the impact food has on the body in the short and long term, why was I so quick to fall off the wagon and undo all my good work? I started choosing better off the menu, chose better from the drinks list and quit the unnecessary “treats” between meals. I realised I had felt grossly full the whole time and this is something I don’t enjoy.
Before I knew it, everything went back to “normal” and I was sleeping peacefully, headache free and got to enjoy the rest of the holiday. I had no less fun than anyone else and definitely had more fun than I was having before! It just wasn’t worth it to be so tempted by all the food around me. My choices slam dunked me! Luckily I knew how to flip it round and make better choices with pretty much instant results. Never again!
I still have cheat days, I drink wine, sometimes I’m strict and sometimes I’m not. I have learnt how to best bounce back from little indiscretions and changed my attitude towards the food I put in my body. But mostly I take my choices by the balls and deal with the consequences without guilt or beating myself up. Over time I’ve lost that temptation to indulge in all the bright shiny objects placed in front of me. I looooove food, but I love eating food that I know does me favours instead of the crap that knocks me for six.
Flip your mindset to one of discovery not deprivation
It takes a shift in mindset to take responsibility for your choices. To stop making excuses as to why you’ve gone off track. To accept that if you want to shift your habits then you need to be kind to yourself, do it one step at a time, to cheer when you hit a milestone and to respect your body enough to treat it well. Food is food. It tastes the same as it did last week. You’re not being ripped off by eating the Thai chicken salad as opposed to the battered fish and chips. Drop down a vodka and soda with fresh lime instead of that ice cold beer. You get my drift?
Here’s how I view this self sabotage and how I deal with it. Take a listen and see if there’s something you could be doing differently that could turn things round for you.
If you know someone who falls off the wagon so many times they don’t get back up, then pass this on to them, you just don’t know who needs to hear it.