You know those yummy treats I was talking about yesterday? The ones you can use when you’re feeling naughty? Well I went all the way and doubled up on one of them.
Being the perfectionist that I am this is considered a massive failure.
But is that realistic? Does one double serve of natural yogurt, honey and nuts really constitute total failure? Realistically speaking – no.
But for those of us who are familiar with this feeling of failure when we “break” a traditional diet understand what I’m talking about. And this is why traditional diets don’t work. They’re designed to make you fail.
You can’t possibly stick to a regimented diet plan that restricts your options. You can have the world of best intentions, massive amounts of commitment and an unbreakable motivation to lose weight, but when you find yourself weakening and you dive off the deep end and break your diet, there’s so much guilt involved. There’s a sense of total and utter failure. Yet again proving that diets don’t work. But we keep trying them don’t we, hoping that this one will be the one.
However, when you break your own diet, one you’ve set up for yourself that you know is healthy and is full of all the natural foods you enjoy … it’s OK.
Now the thing I have to ask myself is, “How did this happen?” and “How can I prevent it from happening again in the future?”
The truth of the matter is, I didn’t eat a proper lunch or have an afternoon snack so by the time dinner rolled around I just wasn’t in the right frame of mind. I started telling myself, “It’s OK, I didn’t eat much today, I can splurge … “ But it’s that type of thinking that gets me in trouble.
For the past 7 weeks I have not had an urge to overeat. But today, I was all out of whack. And it’s because I hadn’t eaten properly. My body wasn’t nourished and the results speak for themselves.
Now, I ask you … is this reason enough to give up on my healthy journey? Does this one incident un-do 7 weeks of good work? Of course it doesn’t.
But in the past, something like this was enough to make me ditch the diet and go back to my old ways. Hence the yo-yo effect.
Diets don’t work.
I know they don’t. They never did and they never will.
The only thing that works is sensible, healthy eating, coupled with exercise you enjoy. That’s it in a nutshell.
So how will I tackle tomorrow? Without guilt. It’s just business as usual.
Three healthy meals, two healthy snacks, a lot of water and a lot of self loving. This is not the time to beat myself up.
And yet, isn’t that what us professional dieters do? We get a little off track and then we beat ourselves up for our diet infringements? This is not healthy and it will never work. I know. I have 33 years of proof that diets don’t work.
This time’s different. This time I am getting in the best shape of my life and when I do I will share exactly how I did it and how everyone else can do it too.
Diets don’t work. We all know they don’t work. And yet we keep doing them because we haven’t found a better way. I am finding a better way, for all of us. We deserve to be in the best shape of our lives. It’s just a matter of finding the way.
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