I got a call the other day from a lovely lady asking about my Today’s the Day plan. We discussed how I might best work with her to assist her in losing weight. Toward the end of the conversation she asked me if she should begin right away or wait until after Easter, since it’s next week.
I told her that it is not what you do between Thanksgiving and New Year’s that makes or breaks you – but what you do between New Year’s and Thanksgiving! I encouraged her to go through the print book she was going to purchase to familiarize herself with the plan, enjoy her Easter celebration and then contact me and we would discuss how she can begin the 7 week coaching plan.
Even if she had been on the plan for weeks, as one client has been, I would suggest the same thing. My other client is now in week 4 coaching with me. If she “goes off” the plan on Easter Sunday with her family – does she undo all her hard work? NO!!! Absolutely not.
In fact, at times, taking one day and eating whatever you want and then just going right back to the plan the next day can boost your results! It can motivate and encourage you to redouble your efforts. We cannot become so rigid, unrealistic and inflexible that “life” cannot happen unless everything goes perfectly all the time. It won’t and part of the plan is to teach you how to develop a different relationship with food – a healthier relationship. Then a holiday or a business dinner or impromptu schedule change will not throw you into a tailspin and cause you to get discouraged and give up completely.
So, can you go off on Easter? YES! Enjoy your family, enjoy the traditional family favorite foods, celebrate our wonderful Risen Lord and don’t stress over it. Enjoy it, savor it. And go back to your healthy eating on Monday. It’s as simple as that.