I almost beat myself up today because I felt like I fell off the wagon. I remembered that it is my responsibility to choose my response so I didn't beat myself up afterall. I decided to look at this as an opportunity to regroup and figure out if my current plan for weight loss is really what I need to do or if there is another way to go about it.
I decided that the best way for me is to remember that the key to losing weight is not in dieting but in taking in less calories and moving more. So, I don't need to change my course. I don't need to worry about eating a bit too much today. All I need to do is to regroup, forgive myself and then compensate for the extra calories by moving a bit more. So I went for a brisk power-walk this evening, once it cooled off a bit here in Chicago. We are, afterall, experiencing record heat and I didn't want to overexert myself which would have been counterproductive. Besides, I live right on the lake and it is really sad just how much I have let this beautiful scenery simply go to waste over the last 18 years I have been living here.
New commitment: Move more and eat less but don't starve myself. Stay hydrated. Take advantage of the beautiful lake front and forgive myself when things don't go quite according to plan. I have the ability to regroup and choose my response.