Can a diet “failure” be a “success”?

10 03 2011
Jessica Peacock

Jessica Peacock

A common issue many of us battle is negative thinking. Have you ever made a bad decision about your diet (such as eating one too many slices of pizza) and then told yourself you had failed? What happened next – did you feel better? Or did you go ahead and eat even more since your healthy eating plan was now out the window?


None of us is perfect. We’re all going to slip up now and then, whether it’s falling off the healthy eating wagon or skipping a workout. What’s most important is how you react and what you tell yourself.

YOU DID NOT FAIL! Maybe you did make a poor choice – it may not have been the first time, and it probably won’t be the last. But it’s never too late to pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and start again. Every day offers the chance to make a healthier choice. So will you allow a slip up to derail you completely? Or will you get back up on the bike?

Because in reality, losing weight, eating healthy, and exercising are all like learning to ride a bike. Not many of us learned without falling a few times (and some of us, like yours truly, more than a few!); but, because we wished to experience that wonderful accomplishment of riding, we got back up on the bike and kept trying. And that’s how this process is. Every fall is an opportunity to learn and do better. Every “failure” is really just another step towards success – if you allow yourself to learn from it.

So maybe it’s time for you to redefine how you think about failure. And if you find yourself struggling, think about these words from legendary football coach Vince Lombardi:

“The greatest accomplishment is not in never failing, but in rising again after you fall.”




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