How To Overcome Guilt When You Fall Off The Weight Loss Wagon
Our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit which is probably why the enemy is constantly attacking it.
Losing weight can sometimes feel like you’re getting out of quicksand.
The harder you fight to pull yourself out of the pit the further down you sink.
I sometimes find that I’m in this constant cycle of eating healthy then falling off the wagon and then eating healthy again and then falling off the wagon and then…well, you get the picture.
It’s like this constant battle that seems impossible to overcome at times.
Then you have to deal with the guilt that comes along with failing over and over again or feeling like a failure.
But this guilt it’s counterproductive.
We might think that guilt is noble but usually, it produces feelings of shame because we want to continue to wallow in that same behavior that brought the shame and guilt in the first place.
Have you ever said things like I’ve already eaten so much already so I might as well just keep eating?
Or I’ve been eating so poorly today there’s no point in working out.
Or I already had a terrible meal and I cheated on my diet so the whole day is ruined and I will just keep eating poorly.
See how that works?
You feel guilty and then you just decide to give in to the guilt because you already did wrong and you don’t believe that you can get forgiveness for what you’ve done so why even try.
So in today’s post, I’m going to give you some encouraging words of advice on how to overcome those feelings of guilt when we fall off the weight-loss wagon.
How To Deal With Guilt When Falling Off The Weight Loss Wagon
1) Just Acknowledge it
Whenever you fall off the weight-loss wagon acknowledge it.
Take account or record what exactly it is that you did that you consider being falling off of the wagon.
For instance, if your goal was to only eat one piece of cake and you eat two then write that down in your journal or record that in your weight loss prayer journal.
That is if you feel like eating two pieces of cake is a true failure.
It might be that you were saving up for those two pieces of cake however if you were not and your goal was to only eat one and you ate two, recognizing what happened, think of ways that you can prevent it from happening again, and learn from this mistake.
Don’t allow yourself to wallow in shame and regret it. View this as a teaching moment.
View this is an experience to learn from and then forgive yourself while also asking for forgiveness from the Lord.
Remember that you’re learning how to undo years and years of potential bad habits.
You will not learn how to do this without making tons of mistakes.
We are human and we are going to mess up as we navigate this weight loss journey.
And guess what?
That is okay!
2) Accept it
In order to find true success on your weight-loss journey, you must learn to give yourself some grace and also accept the grace that God is sure to give you.
Once you start doing that when you do mess up again and you will, you will learn from it and continue to move forward towards your ultimate goal.
Please understand what I’m saying.
Yes, you should except the fact that you’ve fallen off the wagon but you shouldn’t condone it and you shouldn’t make it a habit.
But what you should do is allow yourself to be human and know that you won’t always do things perfectly.
As you navigate these weight-loss waters those mistakes will be some of your best teachers.
Those mistakes will teach you what you should and should not do and what will and will not work.
So try your best to learn from any mistakes that you make it in your weight loss journey.
3) Take action
Now that you know that you’ve messed up you acknowledged it, and you accepted that you’re flawed as a human being now it’s time to take action.
Take action on what you’ve learned from your mistakes.
For instance, like I mentioned earlier let’s say you ate two pieces of cake when you only meant to eat one.
What can you do next time to ensure that you only eat one piece?
One idea is to pray beforehand for self-control.
Another idea is to start working on reducing your sugar cravings so that you won’t even want to eat more than one piece.
Whatever your specific issue is, that thorn in your side that you can’t seem to remove do some research to see how other people have overcome that issue.
More than likely someone else is already dealt with this issue and found a solution.
There’s no need to re-create the wheel most of the time because we are more alike than we are different.
What Will You Do Next Time Your Weight Loss Goals Hit A Snag?
Will you beat yourself up, throw your hands up in the air and say well I messed up and there’s nothing else I can do so I might as well keep messing up?
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Or will you remember to acknowledge accept and take action so that you can overcome whatever obstacles are standing in your way?
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