How to deal with missteps in your weight loss

We all make mistakes. Some days we make lots of mistakes. Other days we make choices to not follow our plan.  As busy physicians, we are so focussed on not making mistakes at work, that some times our life gets less focus. All of that is okay. Losing weight and keeping it off is a long term process. There will be some speed bumps in the road along the way. What matters is how you deal with them.

I’m currently taking an intro to ballet class for adults. At our last class, our teacher was talking about how dancers need to learn the skill of how to keep going after they make a mistake. It doesn’t happen naturally. It is something they have to intentionally practice.

That made me think of all of you and this journey we are all on.  There are a lot of opportunities in a busy life to fall away from your weight loss plan.  And lots of times one fall can lead to a whole series of slips that completely undermines your goals. To be successful in the long term, you need to intentionally build the skill of getting back on track if you fall off.  Don’t leave this to chance and whim.  It won’t go well.

Sometimes we don’t like to think about this stuff because we are uncomfortable about the idea that everything isn’t going perfectly.  And we blame ourselves because we had a misstep.  That blame and negative thinking is kryptonite to weight loss! How do you feel when you are blaming yourself and thinking negative thoughts? Not good.  How do you eat when you are feeling not good? Probably not your best.

Listen to the episode for my 5 step approach to getting back on track and preventing it from happening again. Download my worksheet so you can work through it the next time this happens to you.


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In this episode.

  • Step 1: Approach with Compassion
  • Step 2: Get back on track as quickly as possible
  • Step 3: Learn from what happened
  • Step 4: Make a plan
  • Step 5: Keep Practicing