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Fallen Off the Wagon?

The Easter weekend has been and gone. No doubt there was an interruption to your normal routine because of the public holidays and celebrations. Now that we're back into the normal working week, it can become hard to re-establish their previous routine.

Here's the thing - the hardest part to achieving weight loss, muscle gain, fitness etc. results is developing the routine. As soon as that routine is broken, this can lead to discouragement, guilt and disappointment.

Now I really dislike the phrase "fallen off the wagon" - because I don't believe that an over-indulgence means that you've fallen down and everything has turned upside down. This perception that "all is lost" once you make a minor mistake is what prevents millions of people from achieving their ultimate goals.

I've seen it happen a number of times - someone is going really well with their weight loss for a number of weeks. All of a sudden a celebration such as a birthday comes along. There is alcohol, nibbles and cake involved...and often a little bit too much! The following day the hangover might kick in which puts exercise on the backburner. Then, because of the amount of discouragement two days of overeating and lack of exercise has caused, this could quickly manifest itself into a string of consecutive days, weeks or even months of destructive behavior in regards to health and fitness goals.

Now consider this. Easter was a complete blowout - some may considering themselves to have "fallen off the wagon". Far too many chocolate eggs and wine. The fact is that you do need to accept that there is nothing you can do about the past. I cannot say it more frankly than that. You need to accept that it was a holiday and you maybe enjoyed it a little "too" much. But hey - we all over indulge every now and then, it's nothing to be ashamed of!

You now have a choice - you can go and be miserable and wallow in your misdemeanors, or you can get back on track. If you get back on track, you'll continue to put one foot in front of the other and be well on the way to achieving your ultimate goals. The alternative, to feel sorry for yourself, isn't going to get you anywhere and is only going to exasperate the impact of the over indulgence.

Ultimately, achieving weight loss, toning or muscle gain results is the result of a consistent approach. It's nearly impossible to be consistent every day of the year. You need to accept that you are human and that you will make mistakes. So this doesn't mean that you've "fallen off the wagon!". But with every mistake, we are one step closer to finding the solution to getting over a guilt induced pattern of destructive behaviour and achieving long-term success.

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