Don't worry, plateaus and lapses are normal. Recommit to your goals with these strategies.
Has it been a while since the scale moved in the right direction? Is motivation waning? Whether you’ve hit a plateau or started slipping back into old habits, it’s never too late to get back on course. The key? Stay positive and don't be hard on yourself. Simply be curious about your choices, and use your experiences as learning opportunities for the future. Don't give up — use these tips to get back on track.
A lapse occurs when you revert to your old behaviors temporarily. If several lapses have occurred in a short time, it's tempting to think your weight-loss plan is too challenging. Not to worry; a lapse is just a short-term bump in the road. Following these tips will help you regain ground:
Review them to make sure they're still realistic.
Although lapses can be disappointing, they can also teach you a lot. Perhaps your goals are unrealistic or certain strategies don't work. Most importantly, realize that all hope isn't lost when you lapse. Just recharge your motivation, recommit to your program and return to healthy behaviors.
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