A lapse occurs when you revert to your old behaviors temporarily. If several lapses have occurred in a short time, it’s tempting to think your weight-loss plan is too challenging. Not to worry; a lapse is just a short-term bump in the road. Following these tips will help you regain ground:
- Don’t let negative thoughts take over. Mistakes happen, and each day is a chance to start anew.
- Take another small step. Changing your life doesn’t happen all at once. Keep in mind that changing behaviors in small ways can add up to a big difference in your life.
- Ask for and accept support. Accepting support from other people isn’t a sign of weakness, nor does it mean that you’re failing. Get support from others when you have difficult days.
- Plan your strategy. Clearly identify the problem, and then create a list of possible solutions. If one solution doesn’t work, try another until you find one that does.
- Work out your frustration with exercise. Keep it upbeat and even fun — don’t use physical activity as a punishment.
- Recommit to your goals.
Review them to make sure they’re still realistic.
Although lapses can be disappointing, they can also teach you a lot. Perhaps your goals are unrealistic or certain strategies don’t work. Most importantly, realize that all hope isn’t lost when you lapse. Just recharge your motivation, recommit to your program and return to healthy behaviors.