We are always SO EXCITED to get started with CHANGE, but after a week or so.......the new excitement of it wears off and we tend to find ourselves falling into old habits. While this DOES happen, we DO also tend to be more cognizant of our choices....more aware of our decisions.....feel more GUILT about "failing".........
Even for those of us who have been at it for years now......we find ourselves in THE SAME cycle.
What I try to remember, and reiterate to my fitness friends, is that once that switch clicks.....and you commit to creating change.....you will fall down.....but that's part of the journey! The lessons you learn along the way......the knowledge of HOW and WHAT to eat....the WILL and the DRIVE to workout.....the slips, the falls, the binges, the "bad food decisions"......they're all part of the journey....and the fact that we ACKNOWLEDGE those things demonstrates that we are AWARE......we KNOW what we need to do......and while we may not be where we want to be YET.......we are experiencing successes along the way!
What did you do before you became aware of your health and fitness? You didn't likely think too much about eating your entire meal at a restaurant or choosing the fries instead of the salad. You likely didn't worry about having the left overs of your kid's pizza, and their cookie, and their fishy crackers. You likely had late night snacks and skipped meals, indulged at parties and gatherings, not even really thinking twice.......
What I mean to say is.......even BABY steps COUNT toward SUCCESS. Being aware....making BETTER choices, even if they're still not THE BEST CHOICE, they're still worth celebrating.
We have ONE LIFE.......a nice balance between rigidity and flexibility is KEY. We want this journey to be one that is SUSTAINABLE....not one that leaves you feeling DEPRIVED.....UNDERNOURISHED.....and terrified of being left alone in a room fool of goodies in case your inner "OMG i cant do this anymore" gets unleashed!!!!!!
Making healthy decisions 80% of the time and indulging the other 20% is really, a great way to sustain healthy living, while still seeing progress, and LIVING LIFE.