Why You Need to Drop Any Guilt or Shame If You Binged During Your Holiday
officially over it’s time to slowly creep back into the usual routine.
This means work and whatever dietary plan you’ve been on before the
holiday season. If you’re like me, you’ve been waiting for this season
knowing that it’s filled with all kinds of festivities and fun treats.
However, despite having enjoyed the holiday there may be some lingering
emotions about what and how much you consumed.
Do you ever eat more
than your fill? Most people do this during gatherings and events. It’s
difficult to stay strict when there’s so much delicious food sitting in
front of us. It’s equally challenging when someone is asking you to try
their dish, or to take another serving of that pie you told yourself
you’d only have one slice of earlier. It happens, but you shouldn’t feel
ashamed about it.
You may be tempted to
think about your weight and whatever steps backward you may have taken
after the Thanksgiving. If you’re telling yourself how fat you look, or
checking to see if you still fit into your favorite pants I suggest you
stop. This guilt or shame you feel isn’t helpful or healthy to your
overall success in life. Those feelings usually lead to behaviors and
problems that are unpleasant and could possibly have lasting impacts.
It’s natural to struggle with these emotions especially if you’re
My point here is
there’s no benefit in feeling ashamed if you overate or binged during
these gatherings. While it isn’t the healthiest of things to do, it
isn’t going to set you back as far as you think. You don’t have to run
forever on the treadmill or do thousands of burpees to regain that
figure you think you’ve lost.
Stop being so hard on
yourself; I want to emphasize that the best way to get back on track is
to simply go back to your routine. This is not the end of the journey
or the beginning of a wrong turn in the road, this is life and in life
you’re going to have hiccups and moments where you’ll fall off your
proverbial bike. This is the time where you get back on and start
pedaling slowly before picking up speed. In essence, you just have to
keep moving forward.
If you’re feeling
ashamed, embarrassed, or self-conscious because you, the trainer and
exemplar, shouldn’t have pigged out then you’re forgetting you’re human
and prone to the same mistakes as the clients you train. Speaking about
your clients, they’re probably thinking about this too. They’re going to
need some coaching of their own to know that they just need to get back
into their eating and exercise program.
Don’t guilt trip your
clients and don’t guilt trip yourself about the Thanksgiving binge.
More holidays and gatherings await and you’ll probably be tempted to eat
more than usual. When that times comes you may feel guilty all over
again, but hopefully you’ll think back to this article and remember to
give yourself a chance to be human.
Fine, it’s easier
said than done. You still want to be healthy despite the unhealthy
eating. It’s completely understandable; what works best to get back on
track is ensuring you’re detoxing your body naturally by skipping junky
foods and treats, and getting plenty of rest and water. Eat your leafy
greens, fruits, and healthy sources of carbohydrates and proteins.
Exercise on a regular basis but no more than you’d normally do it.
Let me touch on
something I mentioned earlier; you don’t need to exercise more or starve
yourself to make up for what you ate. You need to steadily work your
way back into your routine. If you think you need to add healthier
alternatives to what you’re currently consuming then go for it, but do
so because you want to be healthier not because you feel guilty.
While I don’t usually
do follow ups, I thought it was appropriate because someone reading
this article may need to know that it’s ok to fall down and it’s easier
to get back up. Seek the right support if this is on your mind regularly
and be easy with yourself, you’re only human.
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