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The Easiest Time to Lose is When Youre Winning

 Over the years, I’ve had so many clients say “Isabel, I was doing great, losing weight, and then…I don’t know what happened. I gained the weight back and now feel like I have to start all over again.” 

Most of the time, people think that it’s the negative moments in life that lead them off track. Maybe work gets stressful, your family has a crisis, or you have to deal with a major life change. It’s true that all these negative events can disrupt your healthy eating habits. But more often, it’s not the negative moments that get us off track…it’s the positive ones. 

“What?! Why would we get off track if everything is going well?” you might be thinking. It sounds weird, I know. But I promise it makes sense. 

Take this scenario for example: A woman (let’s call her Sally) is doing great, fitting into clothes she hasn’t worn in a long time, and lost more weight than she expected. After another great weigh in, someone brings cookies to work. “I can have one, I deserve a treat after doing so well,” Sally thinks. So, she has a cookie. 

In the next week, Sally stops putting every meal in her Success Journal. “I don’t need to write down all my foods. I’ve done so well, I’ll just keep going.” She figures she doesn’t need to be so strict or follow the plan exactly. After all, she’s doing great. 

Over time, she stops tracking her food, her choices go farther off plan, and those little slips get bigger. The treats come more often. And the weigh ins aren’t quite as happy. 

In a few months, all the good habits have slipped away and Sally is back to her original weight wondering where it all went wrong. 

Sound familiar? I’ve seen it happen over and over again, so you’re not alone. 

Part of the reason this happens is because no one expects anything bad to come from success. We figure “Hey, I’m doing a good job, so now the hard work is over.”  

But that’s not true. Even when you’re losing weight, you have to keep doing the work. When I first started eating healthy, I had to reverse bad habits that I’d been doing for years. I mean, I used to eat candy corn and Diet Coke for breakfast, so I had some pretty crazy habits to unlearn! 

And as I started losing weight, I was tempted to think “Great, I did it, I don’t need to follow a plan anymore.” But, I knew if I strayed from my plan that all those bad habits would swoop back in and I’d end up with a bag of candy corn on my sofa. 

So, I stuck it out and eventually my habit of healthy eating became way stronger than any old Diet Coke craving. 

Now, I want to be clear. I’m not saying that you can never have a treat or never celebrate your success. No way! It’s perfectly fine to have a cookie or a piece of birthday cake every once in a while. You just have to make sure that you enjoy your treat and then go back to your plan. 

And you should always celebrate your success. I’m a big fan of celebration and think you should reward yourself for meeting any goal – big or small. Just don’t get in the habit of rewarding yourself with food.  

So, what can you do to avoid slipping up when you’re feeling good? Here’s a few of my favorite tips. 

Stay On Your Plan 

Whatever your plan is – keep it up! It’s working and that’s wonderful! Instead of thinking “the plan worked, now I’ll go back to my old ways,” just keep going. The “old ways” probably weren’t that great, right? So, why go back to them?  

Think of all the good things that have happened since you started being healthy. And as you remember these wonderful moments, use them as motivation to stay on the plan that’s given you the gift of health. 

Keep A Gratitude Journal 

Instead of just remembering all the wonderful moments a healthy lifestyle has given you, take it a step further and write them all down.  

Every day, write one thing that’s happened because of your new healthy way of eating. It might be “I got out of bed today with no achy joints.” Or something as small as “I ate all homemade meals today.”  

Over time, you’ll have pages full of the positive effects of a healthy lifestyle. Then, when you’re tempted to go off your plan (for any reason), look back at this gratitude journal. Remind yourself of how far you’ve come and how much better your life is. Then, ask yourself again if you really think you should change your way of eating. 

Again, it’s fine to go off your eating plan sometimes. Maybe you’re going on vacation or heading to a new restaurant you’ve been dying to try. Great! Just make sure that when you come home, you look through your journal, remember how fantastic being healthy has been, and go back to your new healthy habits.  

Make a List of Non-Food Celebrations 

We’ve been trained to use food to celebrate. I mean, there’s a reason why we don’t blow out the candles on a kale salad for birthdays 😉. Though having occasional treats is great, you’ll want to find new ways to celebrate that don’t involve food. 

So, make a list of things you like to do. Write down any little thing you could do that would make you feel good. It could be anything from getting a massage to taking a walk with your kids after dinner. Anything that sounds fun – write it down. 

Keep this fun list on your fridge. Then, whenever you reach a goal or feel like celebrating, you’ll have a whole bunch of fun stuff to choose from. And trust me, everything on that list will make for a much better celebration than any slice of cake. 

When you’re doing well and reaching your goals, you deserve to be proud of yourself. While you celebrate your amazing achievements, just make sure you stick to the new habits that got you there. It’s a way to guarantee a future with even more celebrations to come. 

 

 

Comments

Karen Chapman
Thank you ,I needed this so much. I worked out tonight for 45 min. I was very low I had put all the wt back an10 pounds more.I need the encouragement so keep it coming.Karen
Beverly S Gick
This was very refreshing this has been one of my concerns,every time I have a good so have a cookie am hopng that reading theis helps.als Y cmputor has crashso I dnt copy & pint
Brenda Whiteford
Thank you Isabel. I actually needed to see this and read your advice for staying on course and not getting back into old habits. I bought your programs 4 years ago but really just started put your ideas and program meals, etc ., into practice this past January. I have been very true to healthy eating, no sugar, no flour products and very minimal dairy. As a result I have released 48 pounds to date. ( released not lost, because I don’t want it back!) Everything has been going very smoothly for me and I am very motivated. I want to release 25 more pounds and then comes maintenance. So, reading this blog subject today made me smile because I just know I will need support once I get to my goal weight. I doNOT ever want to go back to my heavy body again. I am so happy with the results to date. I needed to be reminded how very easily we can slip back into old, horrible habits. Thanks Isabel for being here for us!
Jean
I did weight watchers one time and when I had a good loss I woild reward myself with something sweet. Next thing I wanted more & more sweets and then weight would start going up again.
Debbie Kincaid
Thank you! I started back onto BD at the end of Feb of this year. So far have lost 10 of the 21 lbs that I wanted to loose, which is not super fast, by any means, but I have been feeling so much better. Noticed this spring and summer that Zyrtec and I were not joined at the hip as past spring/summer/falls. Took zyrtec for two days during the very worst part of pollen's flying, and have not needed the rest of the time! I have been a little hit and miss with my eating habits over the last two months, as vacations and other travel has come into life. But have been able with some planning and thought to have healthy foods available, or make healthier choices at restaurants. have picked up about a pound only during this time, so clearly, did well. (For me anyway!) Starting GRP with hubby tomorrow. Really excited to see how this does for both of us.
Cindy
Thank you Isabel, I just getting back to the program today! This helps:)
Gaylene
Being positive is key. I can't let all those lies of self doubt take over! It was pretty awesome this morning one of my Bible verses was Galatians 5:1 For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to the yoke of slavery.
Kay Griffin
I weigh in every Friday morning. I “enjoy” the weekend foods like pizza, burgers, etc. Then Monday am I hop right back on. I have kept about 20 lbs. off for 2 years doing this - having a 5 lb. window I won’t exceed. Has worked well for me while still enjoying the life I want to live!
Judy Houy
when I eat a slice of cake, I split it my husband. it works for both of us. we can a sweet and don't over indulge.
Christine Goetschius
This us soooo true, happened exactly that way to me, but I will try again with these strategies. Thanks!!!
Danielle Roberts
Thank you so much, I was just think that i needed to get right back to clean eating . I've certainly been on that roller coaster ride . I'm so glad I'm not alone in this. I find it hard to journal thogh.. I will try, your have a great point about positive thinking .
Debbie McIntyre
Thank you so much for this post. It came at just the right time for me. I have been seeing some great results after my most recent 9 day super cleanse, and am definitely the type of person that can fall off track after the positive moments, just like you described. I will try some of your suggested techniques to try not to slip back into that bad habit of mine.
Tracy de Waard

Thanks Isabel. I enjoyed reading this. My present challenge is trying to keep to one coffee a day and limiting dairy and grains. I so love veg cheese and using different flours in my baking. We can’t get SWG bread here so finding a bread alternative is not easy. You guys have access to lots of organic and BD kosher food.
I am grateful that NZ meat is predominantly grass fed and my province is well known for its Dairy industry. I’m still hunting for a soft GF bread recipe. I’m going to try Betty Rocker’s buckwheat bread. It looked awesome. I’ve tried BD Recipes and have had varying g success and tummy troubles from the Hearty Sandwich loaf. My idea of heaven is melted cheese on toast. Raw cheese is hard to buy. Dairy regulations suck here in New Zealand. So ... I continue my quest to find the perfect bread sub for wheat bread. Then it’s a matter of incorporating it and retaining g balance. I’ve made spelt bread but I gain if I eat it. Gosh I’m blethering! Thankyou

Linda
I finished my 14 days recharged diet, and lost 14lbs, so 8lbs to lost and i will reach my IBW, i fell good and fell light. Thank you BD, just eat healthy.
Linda
I finished my 14 days recharged diet, and lost 14lbs, so 8lbs to lost and i will reach my IBW, i fell good and fell light. Thank you BD, just eat healthy.
Lula Reed
Thank you! Just the advice I was needing....! Lula May Reed

Categories

  1. Balance   
       26 posts
  1. Healthy Eating   
       15 posts
  1. Gluten Free   
       6 posts
  1. Inspiration   
       6 posts
  1. Parenting   
       5 posts
  1. Clean Eating   
       4 posts
  1. Cheat Day   
       3 posts
  1. Meal Planning   
       3 posts
  1. Guest Post   
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