Yesterday I whined and ranted about my "epic fail" during my refeed. Of course, I'm still not pleased about it, but today, I got up, ate my egg whites, and got right back on the horse.
This is what it takes.
I've talked a lot recently about versatility, the ability to change things that aren't working, and adapting yourself to your situation.
The other personality trait of vast importance is perseverance.
Friends and readers write to me sometimes and tell my about how hard it is to start right back up. I see it on forums all the time. Starting again is harder than starting at all. This is a universal problem that occurs with every dieter who has ever lost a pound.
You fall down. You get back up. You lose weight. You fall down. You get back up. You lose weight.
You fall down. You get back up. You lose weight. You fall down. You say "Screw it." You don't lose weight. In fact, you gain everything you lost and more.
Really, these are your options. There are no others because none of us is perfect. The number of times you are willing to get back up again must directly correlate with the weight you lose - there's gotta be a statistic for that somewhere.
How do you keep getting up again? Well, eventually you get sick of getting back up again. You get so sick of it that you fall down a lot less because you just don't want to have to start again. The only problem with that is when you do fall, it's far more startling. This is where things can go awry.
It's okay, even important, to beat yourself up a little. I know that's not the common advice, but all this huggy kissy I'm okay, you're okay stuff isn't going to get you to where you want to go. So reach back there and kick your own butt and get UP. Just don't beat yourself up to the point you won't get up again.
The other part of getting back up again is to do it immediately. Don't lay there on the grass and catch your breath. Don't make plans to get back up. Don't figure out, while you are lying there munching a cookie, when the most convenient time to get back up might be.
Just get up. Do it now. Move on. Your very next meal will be on your plan. Just keep putting one foot in front of the other. You will get to your destination