This weekend quote comes via Jenn. She left it in the comments on my recent Ask Roni: Good Intentions Gone Bad post about giving up on making healthy choices because you had one "slip up."
Note: I don’t want to call them "slip ups" but I know that you know what I mean! Right? The whole… I-ate-a-cookie-I might as-well-go-ahead-and-order-a-stuffed-crust meat-lovers-pizza-for-dinner thing. This also includes the… I’ll-start-Monday-because-weekends-are-too-hard thing as well.
I believe this cycle stems from the diet mentality. The "I can’t have that" is so burned into our brains. We want to be perfect, to eat perfect and once something disrupts the perfectness we’ve "blown it" so might as well consume everything in sight. This could be our last chance! Until, that is, we try to be perfect again tomorrow, or Monday or after the holidays or….. you get the idea.
Jenn shared some great insight into this weight loss phenomena…
I heard a lady say yesterday that it’s like if you drop an egg on the floor…you don’t then throw the rest of them down too…you clean up your mess and move on…
MAN I love a good metaphor. How perfect is that? Think about all the other areas of your life where "slip ups" occurs. How do you handle them? Do you just throw your hands up and surrender? Lord knows parents can’t do that, if I had a nickle for every time I messed up in that department I sure would’t be worried about leaving my full time job! How about school? Did you ever fail a test? I sure did.. geesh I almost flunked out of my freshman year yet I sit here with my Masters degree.
We have to remember it’s not about one mistake or in the case or our diet, one meal. It’s about an overall lifestyle. There is no on-plan/off-plan. Everything is on-plan IF you are consciously making decisions and not simply reacting to your imperfection. I hate to tell you, we are all imperfect. The sooner we realize it the faster we can get to reaching our goals.