Today, I want to talk about a complicated topic that has been popping up on my newsfeed recently: dieting setbacks and how to deal with them. Enjoy!
Recently, I’ve seen countless of posts popping up on my WordPress newsfeed about individuals who have not posted in a long time and have had a hard time with setbacks with their diet. For the year that I’ve been here, I’ve seen tons of these posts. People disappear for a while and have a hard time keeping up with their goals, so they come back with a greater list of goals to help them get back on track. While I think writing can definitely be helpful to an individual’s progress, this is not the right approach. In my opinion, there are many flaws to this theory.
One of the most important things to remember when dealing with a dieting mistake or setback is to stay calm. The biggest problem I see when this happens is that we always tend to feel guilty or we feel as if we failed. It’s important to remember that this is not the case. Dieting setbacks happen to everyone. Part of the process of losing weight is gaining weight. Part of the process of eating healthier is eating unhealthy. Mistakes and setbacks are just bound to happen. Instead of punishing yourself, try to accept them and move on. Just because you ate junk food on Monday does not mean that you should cry and give up for the rest of the week. This leads me into my next point.
You can’t let those mistakes define your progress. You can’t let that one cookie or that one extra pound define your entire weight loss progress. Yes, it’s a setback that affected your goals, but there’s a lot more to your journey and your accomplishments than this little point. Like I said before, this doesn’t mean you give up either. You can’t do that. Consuming yourself in that one mistake will make you want to give up and not try at all. You can’t let that happen.
One last but important note is that you have to take reality into consideration. I read so many posts about how someone is going to start posting regularly and start this extreme diet plan and have all these rules with food and posting, etc. This does NOT work. Repeat after me: This does NOT work. If you couldn’t keep up with everything beforehand, realistically speaking, you won’t be able to keep it up now either. Instead of reevaluating your determination, you should reevaluate your goals. Maybe you just can’t post every day because you have to go to school, work, and take care of the household. Maybe you can’t become a vegan because you just love meat too much. Whatever your case may be, you must learn to accept your reality and learn to maneuver your goals around that. Setting unrealistic goals will only lead to failure and desperation.
I’m not trying to discourage anyone from setting and achieving your weight loss and dieting goals because they are important to have, but I think that analyzing the entirety of your situation should always be kept in mind. If there is one I learned is that everyone is different when it comes to how we deal with these setbacks but we can definitely learn how to deal with them in a more positive way and use that to help us learn from our mistakes.