Get Back On Track

“Overeating happens to all of us.  
Here’s how to bounce back when it happens.”

Overeating.  It happens to all of us, no one is immune.  Luckily so can recovery.  Use the overeating episode as a chance to learn why it happened and how to return to plan – not a failure.  One of the most important things that I can share is make sure you track the “episode”.  Track the food, as horrible as it feels.  It helps you have something to look back at, something to learn from.  It also could also turn out to not as bad as you think.  “Journaling about what happened can help you avoid it next time”.

Here are some tips from the weekly magazine –

  1. Get rid of the problem food.  Throw it out.  Put it down the disposal.  Walk it to a neighbor.  Just remove it from your environment.
  2. Track it.  Treat this food as you do all meals and snacks. Track it and move on.You might be surprised that it adds up to fewer SmartPoints than you feared.
  3. Don’t jump to conclusions.  Watch out for unhelpful or automatic thoughts like “I’ll never lose weight” or “I’m a terrible person”.  They aren’t helpful and they aren’t true.
  4. Plan your next meal.  Yes really.Skipping a meal will leave you ravenous later on.  Instead think of a healthy low SmartPoints dish to have. 
  5. Reflect and regroup.  What led you to overeat?  Trace the steps back to the starting “event” which can be a thought, something you saw or heard or a situation.  Think about how you were feeling, what the food was, where you got it, what led you to keep eating, what made you stop.  Knowing these answers can help you prevent another lapse.

Try these out and see how it goes.  As long as you keep moving forward and get back on track that’s all that matters.  Its not how many times you fall, it’s how many times you get back up.

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