Well, after seven healthy days in a row, I crashed and burned in a fiery explosion of Easter entrées, desserts, and candy. Pants were stretched, stomachs were tested, and abdominal muscles were forced to retreat from the Easter bunny’s onslaught.
But, that’s alright.
The important thing to remember about diverting from habits is that it’s very easy to go back to them.
All you have to do is step back on the path.
I could allow myself to feel guilty and depressed about the eight straight hours of sweets and treats, but what good is that going to do?
One bad meal isn’t as bad as one bad day, and one bad day isn’t as bad as one bad week. Rather, one bad meal is a mere bump in the road. When you look at the big picture, the healthy days still greatly outnumber the unhealthy days.
At the same time, one must be mindful. One bite doesn’t mean the whole day is shot. You can’t allow one mistake to become two, or three, or seven.
Don’t allow one step off the path to become an excuse for tumbling off a cliff.
Rather, when you’re stuffed with truffles, or high from caramels, or laden with cheesecake, take pleasure in the realization that you brought this on yourself. If you can choose to step off the path, you can just as easily choose to step back on. Right now.
Sometimes you have to utterly destroy yourself to remember just how much control you have.