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Week #10: Think Big Picture

By EatingWell Editors

The key to overcoming slip-ups is to forgive, forget it and get right back on track.


READER'S COMMENT:
"Keeping a food journal for many months now has made me realize that every week contains a zinger - baseball games, cookouts, parties, bunco nights, block parties - that will throw off your good intentions! Knowing about these events in...
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As described in the EatingWell Diet book, one of the secrets to long-term weight management is getting back to your good habits immediately after a slip-up (or sometimes a week of slipping up!) occurs. Share a time when you've had a minor--or a major--"lapse" in eating healthfully or exercising regulary and how you recovered to get back on track.

EatingWellNicci, Charlotte, VT

Anonymous

09/01/2009 - 5:47pm

Once had an incident during the diet where I went temporarily insane and ate nearly a whole sleeve of roasted cinnamon almonds! Mmmmm, anyway if you look them up in the calorie book, they are like a gazillion. So I didn't eat dinner in order to keep my calories "near" what they should have been and felt adequately punished for the lapse! Also I recently had a series of obstacles to getting in my exercise. All I could do there was jump back on the treadmill as soon as I could and just get back on track! I didn't beat myself up over it because stuff IS going to happen, but I did just focus on getting back to it. KEEP GOING!

OrlandoMonica, Maitland, FL

Anonymous

09/01/2009 - 5:47pm

Keeping a food journal for many months now has made me realize that every week contains a zinger - baseball games, cookouts, parties, bunco nights, block parties - that will throw off your good intentions! Knowing about these events in advance helps because then you can plan and budget what you eat earlier in the week. If the planning is not possible, then the recovery must be swift and sometimes severe Smiler I, too, had an incident with cinnamon almonds recently (as did OrlandoMonica) and it really surprised me. I've had such control over portions and choices for many months and didn't expect a bag of cinnamon almonds to get the best of me. I made some adjustments by seriously cutting back the rest of the day and then added a few extra laps around the block to try and make up for it. I also took some time to figure out what had caused it and it came down to too much time between meals and not having a plan for the day. I still feel vulnerable to the enticement of food, but I feel equipped to make a strong recovery when necessary!

FowskiCT, Newtown, CT

Anonymous

09/01/2009 - 5:48pm



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