How to Handle Mistakes in Weight Loss

The purpose of this Monday morning post is to offer you some encouragement and advice on what to do when you make a mistake during your weight loss journey. Because unless you are Wonder Woman or Super Man, you are going to falter.

What to do when you falter?

It may come early in your weight loss experience as mine often did. I’d start out with great intentions on a Monday morning and be stuffing my face with chocolate cake on Friday afternoon.

You may do well for the first few weeks and then begin to feel less enthusiastic and want to give up. Or, if you have a lot of weight to lose, there may be many times along the way where you falter and stumble.

No worries though. A falter or two or three or twenty-five does not mean you will never get there. There was not one single time during my 10 year period of obesity where I did not falter when trying to lose weight. Hence my extreme familiarity with Weight Watchers and other popular diet programs. I tried and failed at them all.

When I faltered, I never picked myself up and got going again. Instead I faltered, stumbled, and crashed and burned.

Fortunately, as I said before, all is not lost if you falter, as long as you do get back up and try again. As you work through your weight issues and find yourself faltering, here are three things to think about:

Embrace the Process

It takes time to lose weight and you will have periods of time where things aren’t always easy or simple. Accepting ups and downs as part of the process will only serve to help you move forward rather than beating yourself up for making mistakes.

Think about it like this. For each mistake you make in the short-term, you are practicing how you will handle mistakes for the long-term. If I never faltered in my 150 pound weight loss, how would I have learned to handle slip-ups that happened once I got to a healthy weight? I likely would not have.

So embrace the process, learn from those slip-ups and try not to keep repeating the same mistake over and over again.

It Is Never Too Late

The great thing about our lives is that we often have second, third, fourth, and hundredth chances. Not always – but a lot of times we do get to try again. So if you are in a period of less-than-stellar living, it is never too late to fix it.

I’d encourage you to not wait too long to get back on track because the longer you wait, the harder it can be.

Find Inspiration

Inspiration is all around you. Find inspiration in a picture of yourself you love, in feeling stronger when you have to pick up heavy objects, in being able to cook a healthy dish you never would have tried before, or from other successful losers.

Inspire yourself to get back on track by setting goals for yourself, rewarding yourself along the way, and remembering why you started this whole process in the first place. Be your own inspiration.

Faltering is just a word, not a permanent sentence to being overweight or obese. I am forever grateful that even though I faltered time and time again while trying to lose weight, I never gave up completely, I found inspiration within myself, and I learned from my previous mistakes. You can too!

How do you handle it when you make mistakes? What did you learn? Diane

5 thoughts on “How to Handle Mistakes in Weight Loss

  1. Lynn says:

    How can I handle the weekends? I am.on.point Monday through Friday….but.once Friday night hits, its like a party all weekend. I want social, have fun but I ALWAYS ruin my efforts! So frustrating!

  2. Nancy B. Kennedy says:

    During weight loss and now in maintenance, I’ve never even thought of the word “falter.” I always go straight to FAIL! It might be helpful to think of a slip as merely faltering momentarily along the way to success.

  3. carrilu says:

    I love this post! (and needed it today). My slip ups are getting further apart because I make the decision to get back up quicker. It feels good to stick to healthy eating. The sooner I get back to it the sooner I remember.

  4. Kitty says:

    Like many I used to really struggle with this. I remember when I got to my goal weight (over 20 years ago) and wouldn’t go back to Weight Watchers (how I lost the weight) when I gained 5 pounds. I didn’t want to go back until I was back at goal. Well, I ended up gaining it all back and it has taken many years to get back close to my current goal.

    I think the fundamental problem was that when I faltered and would be up a little bit (or a lot), I didn’t really like to admit it. About 3 years ago, I had lost almost 50 pounds and then we moved and I was stressed and busy and regained most of it. I spent almost 2 years just not addressing it in large part because I just didn’t want to acknowledge that after all that hard work, I had regained most of my weight and would have to do it again.

    That was a realization that was just painful for me and I didn’t want to think about. To get back on track, I would have to think about and accept that I was off track and that I had regained and that I had made a lot of mistakes during that time period. I didn’t want to think about any of that.

    Eventually I came to a point where I was able to tell myself that whether I accepted what had happened or not…it had still happened. Whether I thought about having regained or not, I had still regained. Sticking my head in the sand, was going to accomplish exactly nothing.

    From that point on, I’ve been able to really face my mistakes when I make them (or within a very short period of time). I don’t pretend that they don’t exist. When I’m facing them, then I am able to actually do something to address the actual problem.

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