I love the line: “One cookie won’t make you gain weight. Even two cookies won’t make you gain weight. Eating two or more cookies everyday is what’s going to make you gain weight.” It’s so perfect, because it’s so true.
People seem to think that once they mess up, it’s a free for all until they find their motivation to get back on the healthy track again. This motivation usually pops up when the pan of brownies is gone or you are so full you feel like you may burst.
We all have slip ups, and slip ups are fine. “One cookie,” remember? The key is to be able to get back on track immediately after that slip up and keep the momentum in a forward motion. Where are you headed? Your goals, baby, that’s where.
Try these tips next time you find yourself with your hand in the cookie jar for a third time:
- Acknowledge the act. Yes, you ate something you would have preferred not to, but it’s over now. Once you isolate the incident (sounds so serious) it will be harder to justify continuing the behavior.
- Think to the future. If you continue to eat junk, how are you going to feel tomorrow? Physically? Mentally? Emotionally?
- Revisit your goals. You should have them written down somewhere. Now what’s more important? Left-overs, or feeling confident in those jeans?
- Drink water. Water is the perfect cure all- not only does it play an important part in keeping your body healthy, it flushes out toxins which have you feeling better, sooner, and it fills you up, cutting your cravings.
- Eat a healthy snack. Getting some good, solid food into your body will remind you why eating nutritious foods can’t be beat: no bloat, no blahs, no regrets.
- Go for a walk. Get out of the house and away from the temptation. Plus getting your heart thumping and blood pumping will burn some of those indulgence calories, clear your mind and leave you feeling great.
- When you get home, and can trust yourself, toss the temptation. There’s no point having it in the house if you already know what it’s going to do to your motivation.
In Good Health,
Kelly Turner is an ACE Certified Personal Trainer and health and fitness writer from Seattle, WA. Her writing has appeared in numerous magazines, and she currently blogs for Breathe Magazine, is the Health and Fitness Expert for Twirlit.com and feature fitness writer for FitPeeps.com. To contact Kelly with any questions, you email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.