This is a guest post by Tisha Dotson. Thanks again for the post, Tisha!
During the summertime, I always gain weight. Always. It's a cycle that I can't break, no matter how hard I try to prepare myself during the month of May. But once Memorial Day hits, it seems like everyone -- even adults -- are in summer vacation mode. That means more weekday holidays, vacations, baseball games, staying inside more often to escape the intense heat, and all the food and drinks that go along with them. By the end of August I'm usually so fed up with myself and consistent failings throughout the summer, that I'm able to regain a little more control over my snacking habits and food choices, even during weekends and at "fun" events, like all those bar-b-ques. And yesterday was the first day in months I felt almost like my old self again: clean on the inside, slim, energetic and back on track.
Then I met up with old friends who were back in town, and I accepted an invitation to join them for to a three-course meal at a fancy steakhouse as part of restaurant week. I fell off the wagon again, and wanted to punish myself when I woke up the next day. It was like buyer's remorse, or like I had in a drunken stupor gambled my family's life savings away. I felt ashamed, guilty, worthless and weak. But the more I beat myself up, the worse I felt. My first reaction whenever I "fail" with food is to punish myself with negative thoughts, but scolding isn't going to make me feel any better, and it certainly doesn't help me have a better relationship with food. What I'm starting to realize is that you should have fun with your diet if you want a healthy perspective about food and a more consistent weight range.
By the time we reach our mid to late twenties, most of us have experimented with enough diets and food fads to realize which systems seem to work best for us, and from there, it's relatively easy (thanks to the Internet) to find food blogs, recipe ideas and encouragement to keep us excited about our diets. Once you learn more about nutrition and how it fuels your body, you can start to appreciate different healthier foods more, and may discover that you prefer them over your old junk food habits, since you understand how they make you feel good.
I don't even know if it's humanly possible to gain 10 pounds in one day, so falling off track for one day -- or even just one meal -- means that "failure" isn't even a possibility in that scenario. Little slip-ups are bound to happen, but scolding and negativity don't contribute to health and wellness. What does? Getting excited about getting healthy by listening to your body's real needs and making yourself feel good through nutritious choices.
This guest post is contributed by Tisha Dotson, who writes on the topics of medical coding certification. She welcomes your comments at her email Id: tishadotson86 @gmail . com.