So you fell off of the wagon? So? We all do, and then we let the experience fester like a pimple on our face. We see it and feel it and pick at it. We think our whole face is one big pimple. We just can’t stop touching it and picking it. How did that pimple get so big and crazy? It started as just a tiny little red thing…
You fell off of the wagon. Again. And again. And again. Why?
Because you had old cronies around for a visit? Uh-huh. That’s the way it works. Because you got tired and everybody at work is doing it? Yep. Because you ran out of time and it was faster? You betcha’. Because you allowed yourself one bite of your problem food? (If you don’t have a problem food or substance– or two or three, you don’t understand. Some of us just have to swear some things “off limits” or be okay with knowing we will eat/use them to excess with just one bite/use. For some of us, moderation is not an option.)
If you try to change your diet, you WILL fall off of the wagon sometime. All those experts, Paleo Mom, Robb Wolfe, Mark Sisson, Dr. Mercola, Steve and Jordan, Dr. Terry Wahls, Elaine Gottschall, and Dallas and Melissa. Oh, heck, Dr. Oz. You’ve heard of him. They all fell off of the wagon.
I’ve read of a couple of people who say they didn’t fall off of the wagon, and I think that’s absolutely great. They have expressed extreme success with their health and eating. I give them a standing ovation.
But to you and I, I give my heartfelt encouragement. I give my camaraderie. My affection and empathy. To you I give my hand. My e-mail. My comments section. (But not a medical diagnosis or treatment plan.) This path is hard. Your challenger faces you at every street corner, every social function, every family member’s house, every children’s event, and every store. Your failure is only a bite away.
I feel sorry for you. I feel sorry that you can’t eat the way other people eat. (But you know most of them shouldn’t be eating it either. Geesh. Why can’t they help you out a little? You’re just asking them to give up bread, pizza, and tortilla chips in show of support.) I am sorry your body said, “I can’t do this. This food you’re feeding me…it is not working out. You keep going this way, I will fall apart on you. I will try not to, but I will not be able to stop it. You keep feeding me the same empty food and keep asking me to come up with brilliant ideas, energy for a jog, libido for the spouse, patience for the kids…”
I ask you. I beg you. I implore you. Keep your focus. Every day. All day. Ever diligent. You will fall off the wagon, but you WILL hold onto the reins. That is NOT the same as failing. Ever. As you keep holding onto the reins, remember to pull back on them and slow the horses. Slow those horses and get back on your wagon. It’s your darn wagon, and with trial and error, you CAN learn to control it. But not if you quit.
So what. You had a bad day. It turned it to two or maybe even 7-10 days. Perhaps it has been the last five years bad. It’s okay. Promise me you’ll start in the morning. I’ll even let you finish that jar of almond butter that you added some honey, vanilla, and salt to. But start. You have to keep starting, learning from your mistakes, and keep trying.
You may think it’s just extra weight, but really, it is function. Weight is a sign that your body is not functioning right. Headaches are a sign that your body is not functioning right. Chronic allergic rhinitis is a sign your body is not functioning right. Being underweight is a sign your body is not functioning right. Bloating is a sign your body is not functioning right. Aside from your doctor’s check-ups, you MUST look at food as a culprit for dysfunction.
And if you’re a mom endeavoring to change not only your own eating, but those habits of your children, I am cheering for you even more. If I can do it, you can do it. You can do it. I won’t ask you to more than I can do. (But I used to–my poor diabetics and cardiac patients…)
Followup post: Keep That Wagon Rolling: My Less-Than-Expert Diet Tricks
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Great post Terri!! Everyone falls off the wagon, expect it and deal with it. Just don’t let it stop you getting back on. Perfect is the enemy of good!!
Very encouraging 🙂
Yes I agree with this philosophy! however, “nutritionally” speaking I feel that I have been hanging on the back of the wagon-not falling but not riding either- for… years. How do you get up, and stay there when dragging yourself it’s not giving up but it’s not success either?
Thank you for your comment and question! I don’t have an answer, but I know for me, having experimented a bit has allowed me to figure out which foods make me feel best and which foods don’t–whether it be foods that cause me physical discomfort (dry eyes, mood, stomach, stuffy nose, headache, bloating, etc) or foods that I can’t control my intake of and which lead to binging and overeating–and I fight like the dickens to keep those foods out of my diet. This required meticulous food diary documentation for me. I know if I am symptomatic from the food, it is likely an inflammatory food for me, and inflammation in the body is a bad thing. And if I can’t control my intake of it, well, that may not be inflammatory, but it isn’t a good situation, either. I have my “safe” core of foods that I know I feel good on, and I always strive to stick to those. Some things are absolute abstinence for me right now, being grains and dairy. Nuts were–but I backslid and am fighting tooth and nail to get those back out. My family deserves a happy mama, and I deserve to feel good. I am not sure if that addressed your question or not…if not–please do ask again! Warmest wishes…
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