Recently, a wonderful lady whom I coach through my fitness app asked me WHY it can be so difficult to get back on track once you fall off the wagon from a healthy eating perspective.
It got me to thinking about my own experience…with McDonald scrambled eggs LOL – trust me, there’s a good point to this story.
Here it goes.
Over the last few months, I’ve been stopping at McDonalds every morning for coffee…but lately, in addition to the coffee, I started adding 2 orders of scrambled eggs to my order…
Sounds healthy right? Well, the problem is that the 2 eggs I assumed I was getting were more often like 5 eggs (not consistent portions at all) but regardless of the portion, I was eating them all!
Also – it’s very important to note that these eggs taste like sweet butter and melt in your mouth…probably why I love them so much.
Long story short, my jeans started fitting a little tighter and tighter and I thought to myself “IT’S THE EGGS”.
At that moment I made the decision to stop eating the eggs…however it took me a good 2 weeks to put the plan into action.
Why was it so hard to stop?
I don’t really know the answer, but it’s probably because it was a habit that made me feel good…I liked eating them in my car on my way to work, I liked the taste and I thought they were healthy. Well, I think I was lying to myself about the “healthy” part!
But finally I stopped. The first day was the most difficult. And I’m pretty sure I had to white knuckle my steering wheel as I drove past the big M.
BUT – when I did stop, within a week I noticed a difference…My jeans finally stared to relax a little 🙂
The point of this story is that it was HARD to STOP something that made me feel good.
I think the same goes for poor eating in general! It’s hard to stop something that makes us feel good in the moment, like eating crap! But, if you want to achieve better health and wellness, we have to recognize the problem, and stay committed to change our poor habits.
Will it suck for the first few days? Absolutely.
But if you stick to it (and start with something small to practice) something magical will happen – you will build a new habit that makes you proud of yourself and will get you closer to your goals!