Getting Back On Track After A Cheat Meal or Day

Weight loss

After losing an extreme amount of weight over a year and a half, people made some assumptions about me. I got dubbed “the healthy one” when I was around people who knew. It was always assumed that I never slipped up or even wanted junk food. While I admit it was nice being considered “healthy” after a lifetime of being overweight/obese, it’s not always accurate. Sure, I worked my ass off to reach my goals.  However, it didn’t make me any less of a human in the process. I am still a chocolate loving, pizza craver with couch potato tendencies like most of the population.

I see the uncomfortable looks people get when splurging on sweets, or talking about getting fast food around me. I am over the comments on how I would never possibly eat that kind of stuff with them, because I am so healthy now. Sure, I try to make healthy choices 90% of the time, but I am not perfect. It’s not like the area in my brain that loves calories just turned off permanently. It’s more like I overpowered it with the portion of my brain that is sick and tired of being sick and tired. Just because I have transformed my life does not mean I have given up all of the simple joys of life.

Because I am still human, I still have a hard time getting back on track when I have a cheat meal. Believe it or not, even the greatest athletes struggle sometimes, just like the rest of us. Falling off track is not the end all, be all when it comes to your fitness journey. The main thing you have to worry about is making sure you get right back on track.  It can be a hard thing to do, but there are a few things that can make it easier on you.

Get motivated

Motivation looks different for each and every one of us. Some people like to put up a dream board, with clippings of healthy people and body goals, while other people place post-its with motivating quotes throughout their home. For me, I like to scroll through Instagram, and I find that is the best way to get me motivated. I only follow others who are working on their fitness like me, and I have even made some good friends from all over the world. We all have something in common: we know there’s room to improve.  We like to share the motivation and triumphs with like-minded people. No matter what gets you motivated, do it. Motivation is the key factor in weight loss, and it determines if you will or will not succeed long term.

Do a detox

Detox is a word that carries somewhat of a stigma, probably because of all the fad diets with unhealthy detoxes that may or may not even work. The word “detox” itself refers to a period of time in which someone rids the body of toxins or unhealthy substances. When you think about it that way, it doesn’t sound so bad, right? There are many different kinds of homemade detox drinks that are completely safe and natural, as long as they are done right. A good detox is one that is does not ask you to starve yourself, take pills, or buy some product “guaranteeing” success. All you need are some natural ingredients you can get from your local grocery store.

Get rid of temptations

Believe me when I say, I understand how hard it is to keep junk out of the house. I have a 2 year old son with an obsession with cookies, and a boyfriend who could eat all of the Cool Ranch Doritos he wants without gaining a pound. They aren’t necessarily the happiest people when I cram the fridge full of fruits and vegetables. I get it. It’s hard to keep nothing but health food in the house when you have a ravenous family. The best thing you can do is reduce the amount of junk that is available. Replace them with healthy foods they may not realize is healthy. Replace the cookies with trail mix and rice cakes, and replace the potato chips with veggie chips or whole grain crackers. Sure, it’s not the same, but it comes pretty close. Your only other option is to continue to stock your pantry with junk food, and keep on trying to resist it. Your choice.

We are all human, and we all fail sometimes. You don’t have to kick yourself when you are down, instead, just get back up! If you let yourself cheat- that’s ok. As long as you get back on the wagon the next day, you will be just fine. By staying motivated, and getting rid of temptations around the house, you will be more likely to get back on track.

Gabrielle PfeifferWritten by: Gabrielle Pfeiffer

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