Monday, May 3, 2010

Did you overeat? Don't panic. Forgive, forget, learn, move on!

What's the best plan of action if one day you overeat? Just get back the routine that works for you. The worst thing to do is to starve yourself. That will just encourage the roller coaster ride and the yo-yo mentality. Just stay calm, notice what you did that didn't feel good and really try to take a look at why you made the choices you made. It is very important not to beat yourself up and simply ask yourself how you can make a better choice today, and do your make to make it. Here are some quick tips: 1. keep a journal so you can see what circumstances led to making a choice you weren't happy with. 2. Remember, feeling guilty or ashamed does not burn calories nor make it all disappear and will negatively impact your relationship to food. If you find yourself lingering mentally in the drama or beating yourself up over and over again find a way to shift your attention. Put on some music, go jumprope, read a book, take a shower, but don't keep the negative recording playing over and over! It is the worst thing you can do. Forgive, forget and learn. 3.When you do have a day where you are proud of the choices you made celebrate, write about it, share about it so that you deeply imprint the good feeling into your memory and build your confidence. 4.If there is a certain food that triggers you to overeat make sure you do not have it in your home. 5. Have a plan in place for days like these. For instance make a deal with yourself like, "if I overeat I will add 30 minutes to my workout tomorrow" or "I will not watch TV" If you know this in advance you it may help you not to add the extra helping to your plate. The whole intention of this 30 day challenge is to increase your level of self awareness and practice making new choices throughout your day that will lead you to feeling better and better. Do it with love and self respect and remember, you can never criticize yourself happy or successful! Just keep moving forward, one day at a time. If not now, when? Love, Patricia