This post is a fleshier version of a comment I left for Kelly at Becoming Crunchy. Kelly wrote about having one of those days. You know them. The ones when the world seems like a giant hill and you’re constantly at the bottom of it. The days that make you throw your hands up and give in and then you feel like a complete failure for giving in. Yup, you know them.
I’ve been trying to figure out some strategies for myself for those kinds of days and here’s what I’ve come up with so far:
I try to keep a *better* comfort food option in the house. Like Kelly, I love the frozen pizzas and they’re usually my go-to wit’s end food. But I also love spaghetti. If it’s made with white flour all the better! So I keep one pack and a can of sauce (I usually make sauce from scratch) in the cupboard. It’s still not a wonderful meal, but it’s an improvement over Delissio so I don’t end up beating myself up as much. When we finally get a deep freeze, I also plan on cooking a large batch of comfort food (including pizza!) to keep in said freezer for just these occasions.
The other thing I’ve been trying to do is keep ‘props’ lists. Stuff that I’m proud of myself for. Specifically I call them my “Done Lists” where I jot down everything I do in a day (right down to getting showered.) I’ve reached a year of being at home and I’m not sure of my work future so I’ve been feeling, well, useless. The routine of housework feels never-ending (probably because it is), so I feel like I’m never accomplishing anything. So I find it helps to have a record of how full my day is, to remind me that I’m not useless.
And the last is that I try to remind myself my diet (and workout routine) is a chequing account, not a savings account. It’s normal to make withdrawals, so there’s no point trying to avoid them. The important thing is that the deposits outweigh them.
I would love to hear other strategies for coping with that feeling of defeat that we all get.