We’ve all fallen off the wagon diet wise. It sucks. A vacation comes right in the middle of a month of eating well, the super bowl is a time for bean dip, pretzels and beer, you have a fight with your friend/spouse/co-worker. All of these things and more can cause a girl to fall off the wagon. And while you’re picking yourself up and dusting yourself off, sometimes the wagon is gets away from you. What’s a girl to do?
The way I see it, you have three options.
Option One: Let the wagon go. It’s too much to try to get back on it. For whatever reason, you don’t want to be on it anymore. So it’s gone, riding off into the sunset. Chances are, another wagon will be along some time in the future when you’re ready to hop back on. It’s time to say goodbye to this one.
Option Two: Run like hell to catch up with the wagon and get back on it. You just a hit a bump in the road that threw you off it in the first place. You can jump right back on like nothing happened and continue the ride. You’re strong, you’re committed, and next time you know that you should hold on just a bit tighter.
Most would argue that those are the only two options. Stay off or get back on. But I beg to differ. As we all know, I’m not a girl who likes to live in absolutes, so I’m ready to offer up another option.
Option Three: Run alongside the wagon. This is my favorite option because it allows you to fall off and get back on as needed. If you run along aside the wagon, it never gets away from you (and think of all the calories you’re burning). It’s your choice whether you want to be on it or not. There are days, even weeks, that you’ll enjoy a ride. Then one day you’ll fall off. Might take a few days to get back on, but if you run along side of it, you don’t abandon it totally.
I fell of the wagon about two weeks ago. Up until then I was playing with that elimination diet, and then I went on vacation. I have a strict rule that there are no rules on vacation, so I ate with abandon and drank all the beer I wanted. I had an amazing time with my friends. It was a perfect weekend. But then Monday came along and then Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. I still didn’t get back on that wagon. But I was right beside it. By Friday, I thought I might take a ride for the day. I ate clean and even got myself to the gym. But then on Saturday, I jumped off for the weekend. Come Monday, I got back on. And I’m still on it enjoying the ride.
So often we think that dieting is an absolute. You either do it or you don’t. You’re either off the wagon or on it. I kinda think that if you really are making a true lifestyle change, even on the days when you aren’t on the wagon, you’re running beside it. You’re still making better choices than you were, and some habits stick with you. You start to always order salad instead of fries and iced tea instead of a Coke. A true lifestyle change is about learning to eat within the confines of your lifestyle. Which means that you are realistic about the days when you can’t be on the wagon, or just plain don’t want to be – but you don’t let the wagon go ahead of you. You run along side of it, and eventually you get back on.
And because I’m feeling nostalgic, I thought I’d share with you what I think of when I think of wagons. I’m proud to say that this is the car of my childhood. To the Bear family, this one is for you!!
Until next time,
Always Be Happy, Be Healthy, Be Yourself!
Have you ever run along side the wagon? How did it feel when you go back on? How did it feel when you made the choice to hop off?