Falling off the Wagon
When you fall off the proverbial weight loss wagon, the wagon doesn’t roll away from you. When you fall off and get “distracted” while trying to lose weight, the wagon parks itself until you get back on.
Some of us find ourselves back on the wagon within a few months. Many of us, my past self included, manage to find it over and over again every few years. You start trying to lose weight, eat a couple of “bad” meals (whatever you want to call that), or miss the gym a couple of times, and decide to throw everything by the wayside and resume your old lifestyle. Sound familiar?
What kind of sense does that make, though? You did great for a week or two and had a couple of bad days, so I guess it’s time to stop caring about your weight and lose all focus and self control again?
Worded that way, it sounds kind of ridiculous, but we’ve all done it.
To be successful at losing weight, you’ve got to break the love and hate relationship with the wagon. The wagon isn’t something that you jump on and catch a ride on once in a lifetime, only to get off at the end when you’ve lost 25, 50, or 100+ pounds. No, it’s something that we ride our entire lives. That’s not a bad thing, though. Regardless of what you might have heard or read or been promised elsewhere, losing weight and keeping it off is a lifelong effort.
We’re on the wagon most of the time, but some of the time we get off of it and wonder off to a vacation, birthday party, or night out on the town. Sometimes we even get lost and lose the wagon for a few days, or even weeks. But don’t ever feel like you’re so far lost that you can’t get back on it.
It’s always there. Just wipe away yesterday and get back on it.