A lapse is a temporary setback. I’ve have had several lapses since starting this program. I had a salad (the horror!) before week 6. What’s worse than that? I had a tablespoon of cheese dip on a meal replacement chip. What’s worse than that? I ate 500 calories worth of decorator’s icing one day. What’s worse than that? Giving up.
As I said, a lapse is a temporary setback on the path to your goal. It doesn’t mean that you’ve failed, and it doesn’t mean that you must throw in the towel and quit. A lapse simply means that you’re human. In one of our behavior modification classes, we learn that a series of lapses in a short window if time is called a relapse. Your goal when you lapse is to get back on track without relapse.
For me, talking about my lapses here and with my friends helps me stay on track. Maybe you have a support network at home, at work, or at the clinic that helps you. I know the weekly weigh-ins are one of the tools that helps keep me honest. Maybe you write a private journal of your reflections. Whatever it takes, stay with it. If you fall off the wagon, get right back on. Now. Not tomorrow. Not Monday. Now.
The only irreparable mistake is quitting.