A stumble is not a fall, just get back on track tomorrow!


“Life is not about how fast you run or how high you climb but how well you bounce.”  ~Vivian Komori

It’s bound to happen.

After weeks or months of careful eating and planning you hit a snag and eat more than you realized because you took time off from journaling your food intake.

It’s okay.

Don’t panic, don’t give up and don’t keep moving in that direction.

There's always tomorrow...Even if you stumble you can get back on track tomorrow.

Today was my son Bens birthday, I worked so hard and menu planning and even made his cake myself and didn’t even lick the icing bowl when I was done! When it came time for cake, I cut myself a 1/4″ sliver of chocolately goodness and felt really good about it. Earlier today I had completed 4 combined miles at the gym on the recumbent bike, lap track and elliptical. I had planned so well and then…


I looked down and I had eaten a few too many calories and found myself snacking right from the bag of my cheddar cheese mini rice cakes in the bed while watching television. All without writing down any of my foods today I can still tell I exceeded my calorie intake because of the way I feel. I feel way overstuffed and I know 1145 calories in a day don’t usually make me feel so full by the end of the day.

But I realize that tomorrow is another day.

 Time will tell on how this day will affect my body, but no starvation techniques need to be employed, no drastic measures just a bright-eyed and bushy-tailed approach in the morning that keeps me on my toes and moves me closer to my plan and my goal.

So, I’m gonna chalk this one up to boredom and over indulging and let it go and now that I’ve claimed it, I hope to be able to let it go and move forward with the plan I know works.

Times like these test my commitment. In the past, when I used to fad diet or low-carb I would figure the day was “shot” already, so in for a dime in for a dollar I would go ahead and blow it and eat the rest of the birthday cake, but now I realize a small sidestep is just part of the process.

Part of life.

You can’t always predict with certainty that you are going to stay dead on your calorie intake ideal. That is the intent but occasionally things go awry and you have to realize it’s not the end of the world. I’m not a failure just because I slip up and find myself overindulging on a few rice cakes. But I do know I don’t like the way it makes me feel.

After nearly two months of careful eating and exercise, this full, overstuffed, feeling is not comfortable anymore.

It’s not the “norm” anymore like it used to be. I know this feeling and it makes me a little depressed because it is reminiscent of many evenings I have had before, where I had tried to fill a void I may have had with food instead of words or positive thoughts. So I know what this is, I just have to recognize it and fix it.

And then move on and hope I will avoid that mistake in the future.

Onward and Upward!


About margie rigney

I'm a woman with too much to say to keep it to myself. Stop by for a virtual coffee break with me and refill your cup. Life is too short to worry too much and take it too seriously. Sometimes you just gotta laugh, even when it hurts.

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