Hit “Reset”

Today I wanted to pass along something that has been helpful to our family, but also when applied to Peace with Food. The other morning I was fixing Leanne’s hair.  She didn’t like it and quickly combed out the braid I had just spent 10-minutes fixing.  It upset me because I had worked hard on it and we were running out of time before the bus came.  I told her she would have to figure out how to fix her hair on her own and walked into the other room, upset (probably not the best of parenting!).  To my surprise she walked after me and asked,

“Mom, can we start over?”

I replied, “Sure!”  She stuck out her hand and we shook on it.

She smiled.

In a cheery voice I asked her how I could help her get ready for school, and off we went.  It was as if the short moment of frustration never happened.

Reset

The same applies to food. We can have days where we get off on the wrong foot with our eating or make a choice that we regret later because we are stuffed from overeating. Instead of throwing your hands up in defeat for the rest of the day, causing you to turn to even more food, opt for choosing to Reset. Hitting Reset allows you to erase what happened and continue on as if you were having a good eating day.

Are you going to make good eating choices if you already feel like you’ve failed for the day? Probably not. But instead of waiting for tomorrow to start over (which is what I always did in the past!) why not begin at the very moment you realized you got off track. Recognize what happened, hit reset, and start fresh. Think of all the calories and suffering you will be eliminating by using this tool to your advantage. Try it the next time you get of course and let us know if it helped!

Lara

 

8 thoughts on “Hit “Reset”

      1. It is a pretty big deal to be willing to not call the entire day a loss. I know that I tend to call the whole day a loss. I am getting much better about it though.

        Calling the whole day a loss lets you continue the destructive behavior rather than address it and move forward. It has killed a great many diets for me too.

        It kind of reminds me of the Eagles song Hotel California – “They stab it with their steely knives, but they just can’t kill the beast.”

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      2. Learning this skill (which took a lot of practice!) has probably brought us some of the greatest success regarding Peace with Food. Before PWF we could go for days eating well and in just a few short days undo all the good we had done. This insane cycle went on for years! All we can say now is #thankspeacewithfood!

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