Tonight I am baking an Apple crumble. I have fallen quite spectacularly off the wagon. Considering that I am supposed to be on a fasting day of the 5:2 diet, I'm pretty sure Apple crumble is off the menu.
So the question I'm asking myself is, 'is it so bad to fall off the wagon occasionally, and when it happens what's the protocol?'
Ok, so is it ok to fall off the wagon occasionally? In this humble person's opinion, yes. And I'm not just saying that because I'm standing over a hot oven. I'm saying it because I really believe it. Personally, I think it's impossible to live in a constant state of diet/healthy eating. You know what, sometimes a person just needs dessert and/or alcohol in their life. It's just plain fact. And it doesn't make you a bad person for craving either of these things every once in a while. Some life events call for it.
The more important thing is that, when you do splurge, how do you pull it back and get yourself off the slippery slope, and on to the diet wagon? For me, it's a couple of things.
Firstly it's about not giving up the entire day as a bad job. Slipping once does not automatically mean you can discard the rest of the day and just go nuts. Because believe it or not, binging for the whole day is in fact worse than one quick chocolate bar. If you've caved, you've caved, just accept it, then try harder for the rest of the day. Don't give yourself the license to carry on eating crap and start tomorrow as a new leaf. You'll feel worse in the end if you lose a whole day rather than just one calorific couple of hours.
Secondly, I go over my long term goals in my head, and keep playing them on repeat. My long term goal is to be in shape for my wedding. Every time I go for the cookies, I instinctively pull up the image of my dream dress and try to keep it there. This is my driver, and the thing that stops me from hitting up McDonalds for a McChicken Sandwich whenever I can (because damn, those things are addictive).
Lastly, just think of the cheat day. I give myself one cheat day a week. Saturdays. The day that - if I want to - I can let loose and enjoy the finer things in life. I don't tend to over do it, but it's nice to know that the option is there. It also keeps me going throughout the week when I'm tempted to slip.
So tonight I'll be heaving myself back up there, ready to roll along on my weight-loss journey...after I've eaten the crumble...
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