Why do so many people fail to lose fat?
Have you ever said something to someone that you knew was stupid? You know, the old “foot in the mouth” syndrome?
I do it quite regularly. I don’t know why, but stupid things seem to come out of my mouth pretty easily and my foot sticks in the back of my throat.
That’s how I came up with the idea for this article. I said something stupid.
Do you know what is the best way to alleviate “foot in the mouth syndrome”?
Apologize and move one.
Pretty easy, right?
The same can be said about messing up your exercise program and eating plan, like eating too much when dining out with friends.
We all make mistakes. I also do it very often. Just today I ate a little (well, a lot) of Starburst Jelly Beans. Yeah, I know I’m a personal trainer that’s supposed to be all about fitness and fat loss, but I love those sugar-laden, fat-storing little devils.
And it’s just this once, right? I ate them because they were outside while I was eating with my family…and they kept calling my name.
But I just have to move on. I already did. I can’t change the past. The gummies have already been eaten. Now there’s nothing I can do but get up off the ground, dust myself off and keep going.
Tomorrow is another day and tomorrow I will not eat badly. I will eat my fruits and vegetables and get my protein.
Have you ever done that? Have you ever messed up your eating plan (like yesterday)? Maybe you splurged a little over the weekend and now feel like a bloated sloth. Or maybe you were late and decided to stop by drive-thru and your cravings got the better of you and instead of ordering the chicken sandwich without mayonnaise, you got the double cheeseburger and fries with the giant Coke (and “no,” turning it in a Diet Coke doesn’t make it any better).
Or maybe you decided you’d rather go to the bar after work than do your quick fat loss workout. It’s just a workout, right?
But then comes the guilt and that’s not fun.
You have two options at this point. You can give up and tell yourself you can’t do it, or you can get up and move on.
The only way to relieve that guilt and be successful in your fitness or fat loss goals is to keep going. You can’t change what you just did. You can’t go back in time and do the training you skipped. You can’t join Michael J. Fox in the Back to the Future time machine and go back and not eat that double cheeseburger (or Starburst Jelly Beans in my case).
You just have to move on… and most importantly, don’t do it again.
That is the real key. Do not do it again. We all make mistakes, and changing your eating and exercise habits are big business and mistakes are bound to happen. But you must remember that if you make a mistake, move on, don’t worry and move on… and try not to do it again.