People get caught up thinking they have to be perfect every minute of every day in order to lose weight, get fit and keep it off for good.
This all or nothing thinking is a sure fire way to sabotage not just your weight but your happiness in life overall.
Learning to stay focused on living moment by moment takes work and, for some, much more work than others. But it is <strong>always worth it</strong>. It always adds up to being more satisfied with your life, your body and your health.
Because, really, do you want to do all this work to lose weight only to discover that all or nothing perfectionistic thinking is still causing you to be unhappy with your life?!?
Yeah, I didn’t think so.
I know a lot of you are afraid that if you don’t hold yourself to this high(est) standard of living you will just continue gaining weight instead of losing it. You’re afraid that allowing yourself to be human and make the occasional choice to have (and hopefully enjoy) that slice of cake or giant bowl of pasta at your favorite Italian restaurant will snowball into doing it everyday. You’re afraid you are not capable of learning how to eat what you want in a way that supports your health and weight loss goals.
I’m here to tell you that <strong>you are wrong.</strong>
In fact, research shows that allowing yourself the occasional ‘treat’ can be just the reward you need to keep going to your next weight loss goal milestone.
We live in a world centered around food and learning how to navigate that world in such a way that you can enjoy a healthy, fit body while enjoying food that you love need to be joint goals for every one of you.
So, the next time you find yourself obsessing about that Pumpkin Scone that is part of what makes Fall your favorite time of year, rather than chastise yourself for this or eat one and then punish yourself for days afterward, eat one.
But don’t eat it in a hurried or shameful way. Don’t eat it in secret or while telling yourself how you’ve ‘blown the whole day’. No.
Sit and eat it slowly.
Savor every bite and every flavor component and truly be in the moment. Enjoy the moment completely.
Without guilt or fear or shame or self-reprisals. Just enjoy the moment.
And then, without fanfare or drama, simply go back to your weight loss eating program the next time you eat.
That’s it. No fuss, no muss. Just allowing yourself the every now and then ‘treat’ and then getting back to it.
Developing this habit of recognizing, acknowledging and savoring the foods that truly make life more special as infrequent and wonderful experiences will not only help you reach your weight loss goal faster but help you keep the weight off the rest of your life.