Yes folks, it happened. I had a feeling it would happen sooner or later, and I’m glad it happened sooner so I can learn from it and move on. I went on a super binge yesterday evening, and now I am faced with the after effects – bloating, sluggishness, and bloating. This time around, instead of beating myself up about it, I’m trying to learn from it and as I analyze what happened and how to get over it, you all get to come along for the ride. Lucky you!!

What To Do After A Binge:

Step 1) Get over it. Seriously, forgive yourself and move on. It’s going to happen eventually – even the most rigid dieters have an incident where they just flip their lids and lose it over some fast food or some ice cream. Get back on track as soon as you can and…

Step 2) …Try to figure out WHY you binged. You didn’t just binge for no reason at all – there’s always a reason. Have you been eating too little? Did something upset you earlier in the day? Are you getting enough sleep?  These are just some of the things that can cause a person to face plant into a pan of  (insert favorite baked item here). Simply identifying the reason for your binge can take away a lot of the shame.

Step 3) Drink a lot of water the next day. You’ve got alot “stuff” in your system and you need to flush it out.

Step 4) Go for a walk. Or a run. Or go to the gym. For heaven’s sake just do something that will get you moving again.

Step 5) Get back to your healthy eating habits again, and even though you will be tempted to eat only apples the next day, don’t do that. Eat your healthy food and eat it in reasonable amounts because  restricting too much is how you got into this boat in the first place (Self, I’m looking at you!).

Step 6) Learn from this experience, because at some point, it will happen again. Do you hear me? IT WILL HAPPEN AGAIN. Maybe not soon, but eventually. Hopefully next time you can stop it before it gets out of hand and that’s the point of learnin’, folks, so we don’t let history repeat itself. Look for the warning signs (see Step 2) and then take action – call your accountability partner, get outside and move, just do something so that the binge won’t kill the spirit of success you have inside you.

Step 7) Protect your Spirit of Success like a mother bear. You know that good feeling you get when you’ve followed your plan well (notice, I didn’t say perfectly)? Hold onto the feeling. Keep it in the front of your mind and remember how awful it feels to NOT feel good.

 

Okay, to be honest, I wrote these steps for myself as well as for anyone else who needs them because last night’s binge was a doozy. And since I’m in full confession mode here, my binge was the result of  too little sleep, too little calories during the day, and stress at work – all things that separately I can handle, but piled on top of each other can bring a hurricane of doom onto my head. Lesson learned. I will strive to do better because taking care of myself is a lot easier to deal with than the resulting coma after a super binge, ya know what I mean?

Have any other steps to add to my Post Binge List? What’s your personal downfall into binge hell? What causes you to flip your lid?