We've all been there. What starts out as a small handful of pretzels soon turns into a whole bag, an ice-cream chaser and block of salted caramel chocolate because, well, you've come this far...
But what if I told you that with very little effort, you could stop the downward spiral before you got to the bottom of the pretzel bag? There's a little trick I teach my clients who fall into undesirable patterns and as a result get super hard on themselves (we've all been there at some point). I call it "measuring your comeback rate."
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Inevitably, with more of us riding around on self-built wagons and high horses, we're bound to stumble and fall off every now and then - it's what makes us human after all. So instead of spiralling out of control every time you eat badly, have a night out partying too hard or simply fall back into unproductive and 'bad' habits, start measuring how fast you can bounce back.
If, after eating a single piece of chocolate cake, you're prone to throwing in the towel on healthy eating by spending the rest of the week indulging in anything and everything and promising yourself you'll start again on Monday, consider testing how fast you're able to hop back on the healthy eating wagon. Sounds simple enough, right? That's because it is.
You know what they say about horses and bikes? The same logic applies here. You may fall off several times a week, but the sooner you get back on, the better. The only way to break a bad habit is to sucker punch it with an unexpected solution.
So next time you slip a little or come crashing hard and fast, try the kinder option. Beating yourself up and spiralling into feelings of guilt, remorse and self-loathing serve you in absolutely zero ways and so far have done nothing but force you into the same cycle. Ah-ha moment or what?