Georgie! Help. I’d eaten dinner. A large dinner at that, since I was hungry. I was FULL. Then my husband came back with the exact kind of pizza I had told him I wanted to try, and mozzarella sticks. And I ate some. I’m kicking myself for it! Especially after skipping a couple of days of exercise in a row. Yeargh. And, I’m immediately questioning everything, and wanting to weigh myself even though I know the scale is a stupid substitute for what my own eye and clothing can tell me. There’s this urge go work out or plan long rides for tomorrow or try to cut back on food….WHY??? I know this is my fault, not his.
You’re okay. Truly, and absolutely okay. You’re now in the classroom to learn a valuable superpower: making mistakes and taking them in stride. And it’s a wonderful skill to gain, I assure you! It contributes to mental wellbeing and greater weight loss success. Here are some important things to consider:
- You didn’t commit any immoral or shameful act, you simply ate more food than you needed. That’s all. You ate some extra food. It’s ends there, there is no marring of your soul.
- Remember we ALL do it. Me included. Lean healthy people overeat from time to time.We also trip on the sidewalk from time to time, and (hopefully) view as a simple mistake, not reason to second guess our walking ability, intelligence or personal worth.
- One incident of overeating doesn’t impact your weight in any meaningful way. It takes a pattern of calorie excess to gain weight, just as it takes a pattern of calorie deficit to lose weight.
- Forgive yourself. You weren’t acting crazy or foolish, you really wanted to taste it and fresh pizza trumps leftover pizza in my book too. Try to be understanding of what your desire was at the time you made the decision. I think it’s a healthy mindset that you take responsibility for what you eat, but blame and guilt don’t accomplish anything except perpetuating bad feelings and judgments. And judgements lead to lousy self-esteem which is only predisposing you to continued poor food selection. Instead, try to observe your actions as the logical pursuit of an outcome. You had a reason for eating it. I can understand it. Maybe next time you’ll choose differently for a different outcome.
- Cutting back or making plans to restrict tomorrow is not only not needed, it’s harmful. You have no penance to pay. If you overate, you may be less hungry tomorrow, so you can tune into your body’s signals to see if it makes any adjustments for you. Maybe you won’t be hungry for breakfast, or maybe you will. The best thing to do when you’ve ignored your body signals today is to listen to them tomorrow – not repeat the offense by not giving it enough food.
- When I overeat, I view it as an isolated mistake. Whoops! Now it will just be a bit longer before I’m hungry again, okay. I am also glad to remind myself that we aren’t pythons who eat once in three months, and I will get to try again, several times in fact, tomorrow.
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