With every diet comes that inevitable moment wherein you take a tiny sleep or a giant nosedive off the wagon.
Off (and on) the wagon is a phrase that came from the prohibition era, though I didn’t quite understand the explanation I read online. But in short: falling off the wagon on a diet means that you stop doing your diet. Sometimes you don’t fall off the wagon, but simply plateau. Or WANT to give up.
That’s where I am right now after a month on Nutrisystem, so I’m going to give you (and me!!) tips for when you fall off the wagon, plateau in your weight loss, or have a few days of weakness and eat several Valentines cookies.
Tips When You Fall Off the Diet Wagon
1. Remember Where You Want to Go.
There was a reason you started your diet. Remember that reason! Take a moment to remind yourself of your goals. Think about where you want to be at the end of the diet and why you need this in your life, whether that’s your health or getting into some skinny jeans.
2. Remember How Far You’ve Come.
Check out your progress and celebrate it! (As long as that celebration doesn’t include cake.) Whether it’s one pound or one inch or one whole week of NOT giving into your cravings, take that forward momentum and keep on rolling.
3. Just Keep Going.
See above. Use #1 & #2 as a great, big pep talk to keep on trucking! Keep things moving in the forward direction. No (more) steps back. Remember where you want to go, where you started from, and get along, little doggy.
That’s what I’m telling myself after a 1 pound loss this week. I haven’t gone backwards, but am not really moving forward. I’m lax on my snacks and my cheats and am tricking myself into thinking that an approved one slice of whole-grain toast is equal to half a belgian waffle with butter. (It isn’t.) So I’m remembering that I still have a long way to go and that I’ve already come a long way and I’m buckling down for a week of ONLY approved additions to the Nutrisystem food.
I can do this! And so can you, friend. One foot in front of the other.
As a member of the Nutrisystem Nation Blogger Program, I am receiving free membership to the program in exchange for blog posts. All opinions are (as always) still my own! Thanks to Nutrisystem for the opportunity!