One meal. One day. One week. One month. It doesn’t matter- it’s never permanent, and you can ALWAYS get back on track.
When you’ve worked really hard to achieve your goals and have been super disciplined, it’s easy to get bummed out when you “mess up.” But here’s the thing: you didn’t mess up. Ever. I don’t care if you over ate by 100 calories or 10,000 calories. You did not mess up.
Ask anyone who has successfully lost weight, and they’ll be the first to tell you that not every day leading up to hitting their goal was perfect. You’re going to miss days at the gym, you’re going to crave something for dessert sometimes, you’re going to grab a drink with friends, you’re going to go on vacation and eat all the amazing food. That’s the human in you. It doesn’t mean you’re a failure, it means you’re living your life.
Your goals should never mean having to put your life on hold. If you can’t find a balance, it’s not a goal worth pursuing. I believe that applies to all aspects of life as well, not just dieting. If your pursuit of a high-paying career means neglecting your loved ones, I don’t believe that’s a career worth pursuing.
If you’re following a diet that is making you absolutely miserable, that’s not a diet worth pursuing.
Your diet doesn’t need to be “perfect” every day. Live it up on Taco Tuesday. Take a vacation and eat the local cuisine. Have a mimosa on Sunday morning. Bathe in chocolate lava cakes.
Enjoy your life and remember that your progress is not ruined. Just get back on track and keep going!