For three years in my early 20's I was on a diet that failed me in every possible way. I was gaining more and more weight, I felt horrible physically and emotionally, and there was no end in sight. I was on the Tomorrow Diet.
Every day I would wake up with good intentions to eat well, but something got in the way.
- I didn't have time to get to the store to get healthy foods to eat
- I wasn't able to pack a lunch for work so I had to grab fast food on my lunch break
- I had a really stressful day at work and there was a gallon of ice cream in the fridge
- I didn't have time to workout, so why bother eating healthy?
- I had junk food for breakfast so the day was blown. Might as well eat whatever I want and start eating healthy tomorrow.
Lately, I've started to fall back into bad habits from the Tomorrow Diet.
I've been back from Yoga Teacher Training for 3 weeks and my eating has been .... not the greatest. I've been consuming more sugar than I normally do, most of my meals are carbohydrate based, and I'm not getting nearly the amount of vegetables or protein that I need. My workouts have been sporadic and I'm just starting to feel blah. I've found myself thinking Tomorrow Diet thoughts.
- I'll food prep next week so I'll be on the ball again!
- I haven't worked out in 2 days, what's one more day going to hurt?
- I ate a sleeve of thin mint cookies last week and it didn't kill me. Might as well finish off what's left and get it out of the house!
Clearly none of those things are deal-breakers when it comes to leading a fairly healthy life. Cookies are fine (in moderation) and sometimes your body needs a few days off from working out (as mine did last week.) I'm glad I caught myself getting into this cycle again because it is SO easy to break out of!
Just remember one thing: every single time you eat is a chance to start over.
Overeat at lunch? That's okay. Dinner will be here soon and it's a perfect time to start fresh.
Missed your workouts all week? That's okay. Lay your workout clothes out by your bed and just go for a walk when you get home from work, or wake up in the morning.
Polish off an entire bag of chips? That's okay. Drink some extra water (most chips are very high in sodium) and start fresh with your next meal.
Jillian Michaels shared a great metaphor in her book Slim for Life. If you were driving and got a flat tire you wouldn't get out of the car and poke holes in the rest of the tires would you? Hell no! You'd patch up the busted tire and keep on driving. Think of falling off the healthy-eating bandwagon as the same thing. Don't throw in the towel the rest of the day/week/month/year. There were years that I had super high expectations of that year being THE year that, come March/April I realized I wasn't going to be bikini ready in time, so I said screw it and basically gave up until next year.
Don't do that.
For most people trying to lose weight three months is enough time to make a huge difference. You could safely lose 30 lbs in that time! The next three months are going to go by no matter what you do. Who cares if you've gained 10 pounds since you set a New Years resolution to lose weight. Who cares if today is Tuesday and you'd rather wait until Monday for a 'clean start.'
Do yourself a favor and get off the Tomorrow Diet. You deserve to feel amazing TODAY.
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