Mistakes

So, you got on the scale this morning.

It was up 2 pounds.

You, sigh.  It is ridiculous.  2 pounds? You are so mad at yourself.

I mean, really, it shouldn’t have been a surprise.

It happens every single time you overeat pizza the night before.

You ate 8 slices of pizza.  The scale goes up 2 pounds.

But, that isn’t what you are really upset about.

You are mad at yourself, because that pizza wasn’t on your plan.

You let yourself down (again).

You chose to go against your plan & get pizza.

You let your primitive brain convince you that immediate gratification is way more important than achieving your goals.

You are frustrated that you quit on yourself (again), and you are giving yourself a mental thrashing for being so bad.

Let me give you a small reality check:

No one is perfect… not even you… and that is ok.

We ALL make mistakes.

Beating yourself up over it doesn’t help you get any closer to your goal.  As a matter of fact, it often pushes you further away.

What you should do:

  1. Get off the scale, and pull out your journal.
  2. Write down what you did and how you would like it to be different next time.  Use the mistake as a learning opportunity.
  3. Have compassion for yourself.  Write down some amazing things you did this week.  The overeat was one small mistake in the grand scheme of life.
  4. Get back on your food plan right now.  Don’t turn one mistake into a week of overeating.
  5. Remember, the only person that puts the food in your mouth is you.  You have all the control.

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