After shedding 90 pounds, Mara Schiavocampo is sharing her journey to weight loss in her new book,"Thinspired: How I Lost 90 Pounds -- My Plan for Lasting Weight Loss and Self-Acceptance." Now, the ABC News correspondent, who knows how hard it can be to maintain a healthy lifestyle during the holiday season, offers her tips to mentally get yourself back on track.
Get Back on Track After Indulging Over the Holidays
Setbacks are lousy. They are discouraging, demoralizing and frustrating. But here's the thing about setbacks: If you power through, they teach you how to make a comeback. It may sound strange, but the more practice you have with failure, the better you get at coping.
Survey the Damage
Weighing yourself and taking your measurements are often the hardest parts of a relapse, because they force you to really confront the damage that you've done. You might be horrified at the numbers staring back at you. But knowing them is one of the most important steps in picking yourself back up. Remember, "The more you weigh, the less you’ll weigh."
Once you know where you stand, you can move forward with the other steps, detailed [here]. You probably won’t want to do any more damage, so you’ll curb whatever temptations you’ve been giving in to. You can set a new goal. Face reality, accept it, and move forward.
What’s the first step to getting out of a hole? You stop digging.
The important thing to do right away is not make things worse. No matter how bad it is now, it can always get worse.
Having a goal is the key to getting out of your stall and moving forward. It creates a mental shift. Now you’re focused on the positive again, not the negative. You’re looking forward, not backward. Hopefully, you have a new motivation.
Sweat It Out
Sweat is like an instant reset button. It does wonders for the mind. I have found that absolutely nothing makes me feel better than a really tough workout. It makes me feel strong and empowered. It puts me in a better mood and gives me the healthy perspective I need. Most important, it starts that positive feedback loop. One good workout makes me want another one, and another one.
What would happen if you drove a car while looking only in the rearview mirror? You'd crash. You can’t move forward while you're looking backward.
Recounting what you’ve done wrong is useless. Everyone falls. Get over it. Don’t think about how many slices of cake you ate. Don’t dwell on all the exercise you didn’t do. Don’t count yesterday’s calories. It’s over and done. Forgive yourself and move on.
For even more tips, visit Mara Schiavocampo's website, Thinspired.com.