Anyone else have a rough weekend with all that Halloween candy? HOLY cow! Halloween candy is a sneaky, persistent, strong-willed beast. I envy her stamina.
If you avoided all that candy, well done! Seriously, you have earned a pat on the back. But if you had a rough weekend and slipped a little bit with the candy (or the beer), don’t be too hard on yourself. It happens to the best of us. And with the candy being clever as it is, it’s almost like there was no choice.
If you fell victim, here are some things to remember and some steps that you should take next.
Remember that one day (or weekend) does not make or break you.
A healthy lifestyle is all about just that: a lifestyle. It’s not about one day, week, month, or even year. It’s about making good decisions most of the time. Yes you might have some sins to repent for, that’s alright. You can repent.
Consider how you felt after all that candy.
Write it down even. I’m guessing you didn’t feel all that great (I sure didn’t). A belly ache, a headache, feeling sluggish or lethargic? Feeling guilty and like it wasn’t worth it? These are good things to remember for next time.
Get up 30 minutes earlier tomorrow and turbo charge your workout.
This is more for your mental health and confidence than anything else. It’s not going to burn as many calories as you ate this weekend, but it’s going to make you feel like you’re back in the swing of things and in control. It’ll improve your confidence so you can go into the day feeling good about yourself and not thinking about the candy.
Drink even more water this week.
This will help you feel cleansed and move past the weekend.
Don’t skip any meals to “make up” for the calorie intake.
That won’t help anything. You may have eaten a bunch of candy this weekend, but that was 24-48 (or more) hours ago. Your body digested it and isn’t using it for energy anymore. Eat your regular meals and get the right kind of energy back so you can go about your day burning up those calories!
Meal plan and prep for your week.
This will not only help you feel like you’re back in control, but it will help you get back to eating an appropriate amount of calories throughout the day and week.
If your kids still have their candy in the house
Consider letting them donate some of it to a cause.
There are programs out there that will take your extra and send it overseas to the troops. You can even let your child pick out their favorite candy and donate the stuff they don’t like so much. This is a good exercise for them and helps you have less tempting candy around.
Even if you keep the candy in a “hiding” place, let your child count their pieces (which will now be less if you donated) each time they get to have a piece.
This will be a fun activity for them, and is an opportunity to work on counting. And since they know exactly how many pieces they’re supposed to have, you won’t be able to sneak one or two pieces. No one wants to face the wrath of a child whose candy is missing!
Do you have any tips for avoiding slips like this in the future? Or ways to recover from it?