I just can’t bear to look at the scale after everything I ate and drank this weekend.
I’m not going to eat carbs and go extra cardio this week to make up for it.
Ever said this to yourself?
Yea, me too.
I used to fall into that trap of thinking I needed to make up for a weekend of ‘fun.’ This past weekend, I had a night out with one of my BFF’s from college and then a quick getaway with my husband. I ate and drank without thought of macros, calories, or meal timing. It was honestly a much needed, refreshing break for me.
But I was worried about what the scale would say today.
So if you can’t be objective about what the scale says and not let it ruin your mood and your day, don’t weigh yourself. Let your body get back to a normal state of digestion, fluid retention, and routine, then weigh yourself.
That might take a day, a few days, or even a week! But wait until you feel back to normal and then get on the scale.
And when you do, be objective about it, I.e. don’t put a label on it! Labeling your eating as good/bad casts a shadow of negativity over your entire experience. If I label what I ate this weekend as bad it diminishes the amazing getaway I had with my husband.
And if I try to starve myself this week to make up for it (basically punishing myself) I’ll set myself up for another binge episode later on – probably starting a restrict/binge cycle that can easily spiral out of control.
So change your language! You didn’t binge, you just ate more than planned. And you certainly aren’t ‘bad’ because of it.
Today you don’t need to restrict yourself, you just need to get back to normal.
How you label yourself based in what you eat matters.
There’s not a single person on earth who doesn’t go off plan, miss a workout or eat more than they planned. No one’s perfect.
And thank goodness you don’t have to be perfect to lose weight, or get leaner, or have a healthy body.
Consistency > Perfection.
Stop beating yourself up if you overeat – it’s like twisting the knife after getting stabbed – it’s unnecessary self-torture.
Side note: I actually did weigh myself and I was the exact same as when I left. Props to reverse dieting and working on improving my metabolism!