After The Binge (The Short Ones or Those That Have Lasted A Lifetime)

So, let me guess…you fell off the wagon over the holidays, right? It happens. But, that doesn’t have to be where your story ends.

Maybe you started on a journey to better health, cleaned up your eating, started moving your mass more, and were finally feeling better than you’ve felt in years. But, then temptations arose, and you were momentarily weak and ate a bunch of crap, and now you feel you’re back a square one.

Or, maybe, you’ve lived most of your life without giving much thought at all to what you’ve been eating. After months (or maybe years) of feeling crummy, you’re finally sick and tired of feeling sick and tired. So after yet another episode of binging on all the tastes of the season, you’re wondering if it’s finally time to make some changes.

Well, rather than beating yourself up for short-comings or your weakness for all things sweet, let’s take a more positive approach to getting things back on the road towards success. Here are some practical strategies you can put into practice starting today to recover from past not-so-great choices:

Eat Regularly

Skipping meals and/or severely restricting calories will throw your body into fat-storage mode. Not only is that not good for your waistline, but it’s not good for your overall health. Any “weight” you might lose is muscle…and that’s not a good thing to lose.

Be Realistic

You didn’t get to your current weight (or your current state of feeling lousy) overnight, and you won’t get to your ideal weight (or begin to feel fabulous again) overnight, either. Get up each day with a commitment to make good choices, and give your body the chance to show you just how great it can feel.

Drink Up

Water that is. It’s important to keep your body hydrated (at some point I should do a whole post on hydration), but for now, I’ll just point out that water helps to flush toxins from past poor food choices and prepare your body for better choices ahead.

Don’t Skimp On Fiber

Veggies are your friends. They are the body’s preferred source of fuel, and pack a huge nutritional wallop, so aim for eight to twelve cups every day. If you’re one who doesn’t particularly enjoy a variety of vegetables, consider supplementing with Complete Greens to ensure that your body gets what it needs to function properly.

Move Your Mass

Even if it’s just a few minutes a day, that’s better than sitting on the couch. Park a little farther away, take the stairs instead of the elevator. Take a walk around the block after dinner. Set a goal to work up to moving more. But, remember that you can’t out-exercise poor nutrition. There’s a balance (read more about that here).

Have A Plan

Rather than blindly bouncing from diet to diet without ever seeing any lasting success, why not let me help? My goal is to provide education on what your body really needs, tools for success and accountability to keep you on track. Contact me to learn more about how you can ditch the diet forever (let’s face it, we both know they don’t work, anyway).

Never Give Up

So, you made a bad choice. That doesn’t mean that the rest of your choices have to be the same. Make a commitment to yourself to pursue health, and stop accepting excuses. You’re worth it.

The bottom line is that beating yourself up or reliving past mistakes without ever making positive changes is unproductive, and detrimental to your sense of self worth. Make 2016 your year to break old patterns and create new habits that will set you on the road to success. Here’s to a Sweet ’16!

~Coach Teresa

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Tom Gibson