Yesterday I made a bad food choice. I ate an entire bag of candy while at a movie. Now, I could get discouraged and quit… again. OR I could keep going on the diet. But how do I make sure it won’t happen again? The truth is, I don’t know – but here is how I plan to handle it today: document, understand, learn, then move on.
Yesterday I knew I shouldn’t eat the entire bag, or any of the candy for that matter, but I justified it by counting the calories and skipping dinner – that was the wrong choice and skipping dinner didn’t fix the bad choice, it compounded it. Now my calorie count for the day might be ok, but I didn’t get the protein I needed and my sugars are way over. After I finished my transgression, I felt guilt for doing it. A few hours later I wished I had made a different choice altogether. I know what I did was wrong and now so do you.
This wasn’t a random accident; this didn’t happen to me, this was done by me. I had a pastor once that said people don’t fall into sin, they “dig the swimming pool with a spoon, fill it using a thimble, build the diving board out of toothpicks and jump in”. I planned to get skittles when I headed to the movie. I skipped dinner knowing I would need the calories and could use that as justification. I am guilty as charged. I went to the movies and for me the movies are a place to eat skittles (for you it might be popcorn, but not me).
What have I learned? For starters, I learned that as with almost any transgression, it was fun for a season… but in the end destruction. I truly regret the decision. I also learned that I need to break the association of food with activities. In this case, movies and candy. I plan to avoid going to the movies unless my food accountability partner is with me and agrees to help me resist.
Now I move on. This is the part of the diet plan where I normally quit. I mess up, then mess up again, then say things like “I’m just taking a break for a day or two”. I quit alot. That’s hard to admit because I don’t think of myself as a quiter – but when it comes to losing weight, I’m a quiter. But not this time. I am going to move on. Tomorrow the skittles are behind me, but my gut is still right there infront of me, as it always will be if I quit again.