The One Mentality That Will Keep You Yo-Yo Dieting

by Ali Piazza

I have seen it time and time again. I’ve seen it in my friends, my family, people online and myself. The dreaded ‘All Or Nothing Attitude’.

You’re probably really good at starting something. I know I am. The excitement of something new. Motivation is high. You’re eating right, you’re exercising, you’re feeling damn good…but then BOOM. A sh**** thing happens. Maybe work is stressing you out, or you got in a fight with your partner. It may be a big thing or a small thing but whatever it is it totally derails you from your efforts. Your slip turns into a slide and you end up back where you started. So friggin’ frustrating!

Time to Get Real

You need to acknowledge that despite all of your effort to attain a new lifestyle, life will inevitably get in the way. Slips will happen. It is impossible to think positively, eat perfectly and exercise every single day for the rest of your life.You will get sick. You may get injured. You will feel moments of tremendous stress and life may throw you for a loop.

For years, every time life would get in the way, I’d lose my momentum and the weight would creep back on. And I’m sad to say that I’ve done it again…I’ve let the ‘All Or Nothing Attitude’ (AONA) beat me.

An ‘All Or Nothing Attitude’ is a dangerous mind frame that will set you up for failure. (click to tweet @healthsmartsexy)

Four months ago I was in a minor accident and I suffered from whiplash. I have been unable to workout until recently. Right away I started to let my other habits slip. I stopped planning, prepping and counting. At first, I seemed ok, but once summer hit (summer = no work, drinks on patios and eating out) the poundage crept back on. So now that the scale is up, my pants are tighter and I’m feeling bloated, it’s time to step it up again.

The Plan to Prevent AONA

  1. Know and accept that life will give you an ass kicking every once in a while and during those times you will stumble.
  2. Don’t beat yourself up over a slip. Accept it gracefully and move on.
  3. Do what you can. If you’re injured; modify. If you’re tired; do an easy workout. If you’re sick; sleep and get back on it as soon as you’re better.
  4. Use your will power storage to stick to your other healthy habits.

Do you suffer from an AONA? What are your suggestions for preventing a slip turning into a slide? I’d love to hear your thoughts! Share them in the comments below :)

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