I always hear people talking about falling off their “diet plan” for days or weeks, or even months at a time. I mean, we’re all human, it’s understandable. We can’t be perfect, and that’s okay. But weeks?? Months??
But weeks?? Months??
“If you threw in the towel every time you didn’t score 100% on your diet, most people would never get through more than a few days on any structured program. Just because you slip up once doesn’t mean you should quit! You’re only human. Don’t let one small slip keep you derailed. Firmly plant your wheels back on the tracks and start rolling again. -Tom Venuto
Now, I have my occasional treats here and there, but I never stray from my “diet” because I don’t think of how I eat as a diet. It’s NOT a diet, it’s my LIFE. After so many years of eating this way, it’s ingrained in me. To me, there IS no other option.
Does that mean I eat perfect 100% of the time, 365 days a year? NO. Does that mean I NEVER have cravings? NO. If I have something that’s not healthy does that mean I’ve ruined my diet? NO. To me, eating healthy is not about being perfect and never eating something that’s not on your diet plan. It’s about choosing the right things MOST of the time- most meals, most days, consistently.
See, I may have a Hershey kiss or a piece of dark chocolate here and there, and my cheat meals of course, but I don’t consider that falling off my diet. I think it actually helps me stay ON it because I don’t feel deprived. When most people first start eating healthy or decide to go on a "diet", they constantly think about all the things they "can't" eat…which only makes them want it MORE.
I don’t ever feel like I can’t have something. I don’t constantly think about the things I can’t eat and wish I could have them. I simply think of those things as things I just don’t eat. It's that simple. It’s not that I can’t eat it, it’s that I choose not to. That doesn't mean that I never have cravings, it's just that my desire to be healthy and to look a certain way is much greater than my cravings.
I eat the way I do because I have a goal. Because I am striving to look certain way. Because it’s what I've chosen for my life. I choose NOT to eat junk on a regular basis. I choose to eat broccoli and chicken when I'd rather have a bowl of cereal. I choose this because I know what is going to get me closer to my goal and what is not. There is no other option.