Stacey Kendrick, a health educator at Vanderbilt, says making lifestyle changes takes time. Setbacks are part of it.
Often people give up when they have a setback (duh).
Did you forget to break your resolution into manageable goals--not lose 50 pounds, say, but 5% of your body weight?
And you cannot give up.
If you do have a setback--sleep through the alarm all week instead of going out in the cold to the gym or eating a pizza...you need to act.
--Energize your goal, Kendrick says. Try a new gym, get new workout duds, walk with a buddy, join a support group.
--Review your history of setbacks.Try to discover the triggers.
--Be kind to yourself. Tell yourself that you can do it. Not that you are a big weak clod.
Above all, I would add, just pick up where you left off and carry on.
And put that thing down, guy, you're freaking me out!