What do you do when you were tired the night before so you went to bed leaving clothes all over your floor and you don’t have a plan for how to spend your time today. Your bag isn’t packed and your to-do list is disorganized. You don’t know what you need to get done next.
What do you do when you look at your belly and start worrying about why you’re STILL bloated, and it doesn’t seem to be as flat as it was before? And you wonder if you’ve been eating too much, or if you should cut back on carbs, or fat, or salt, or chocolate, or something else. Where are all these degrading thoughts coming from?? And then you start worrying about completely unrelated things and your whole day and all your motivation and positivity seems to come tumbling down.
This is what you do: You take a deep breath, and tell yourself that everything is going to be OK. Maybe your body just needed that extra food. You CAN trust your body to know what’s best for you! Especially if you’re eating primarily healthy food. Or maybe you can think back to the last couple of days and realize that you’ve been working late every night and not getting enough sleep, so maybe lack of sleep is making you hungrier - that’s pretty straightforward to fix.
What is the REAL reason you’re feeling bad about yourself? It’s highly unlikely that you suddenly look much different than you did one or two days ago, or that you've suddenly become a different person. Is it stress? Procrastination? Loneliness? Uncertainty? Fear? Feeling like you’re not in control? You remind yourself that none of these can be solved through dieting, or eating, or gloominess, or worry.
You also realize that routines aren’t everything, and all you can decide is what to do next. You just need to get back on track.
You open the window and let in the sunlight, and think to yourself, wow it’s such a beautiful day! And I’m so lucky to be alive and free to make my own decisions and spend my time the way I want to. You make coffee and do a very short workout that doesn’t require you to go anywhere - maybe some burpees. You realize, hey it’s pretty sweet that I don’t have to worry about giant paleolithic armadillos! You take a shower, which makes you feel much fresher and more awake. And... you’re back! Ready to take on the day!
“All you can do is what you think is right in each moment as you live it."
- Qui-Gon Jinn
I bet almost everyone has experienced something like this at some point, whether it’s with eating more than you planned, staying out late, skipping workouts, sleeping in, etc. Call it what you like: falling off the wagon, off-roading, a detour, a slip-up. I'm a gymnast and I have lots and lots of practice with tumbling (see what I did there??). I also have lots of practice getting back up. I'm not suggesting it's easy to get back on track when you fall, but it does get easier with practice. Like most things. Including gymnastics.
Oh and yes I am quoting a character from Star Wars, so laugh at me if you like :-)