"Just because you've fallen off the bike, doesn't mean you've forgotten how to ride it" I can't remember whether it was my friend, Mel or I who come up with that little tidbit, but as soon as I heard it, I knew I had to write about just that. We all make new commitments to ourselves, and probably daily. "I am going sugar free", "I am going to do 3 gym classes a week", "I will start getting more sleep" etc. But how frequently are we giving up all too easily as soon as we slide a little? We think that as soon as we waiver a little bit, that we have totally failed, so we may as well give up now. We've become all or nothing. Truth is, we're going to fall off the wagon every day, after all, it's how we learn. The real skill is how we bounce back from our setbacks. This is the gig. It's really about a commitment to re-trying, time and time again and not beating ourselves up when we do slide. Eating that one tim-tam doesn't mean that you've completely reverted back to your sugary days. You probably used eat 3 a day, and now you're down to 1. That's great (literally taken that one straight from my life..).
After committing to commitment, you will find that it will get easier and easier and you'll shorten the recovery time, each time. You'll start to bounce back quicker and quicker. You'll even start to enjoy the process as you'll know what to expect and you'll quickly learn that you can do it. By appreciating the progress that you are making and realise that you are achieving far more than you realise.
It's not about being perfect, for we will never ever be perfect. It's about our commitment to being better, doing more (or sometimes even less), to eating better, to sleeping longer, to being more active, to meditating regularly, to saying "I love you" or "I forgive you" to someone (and yourself!), ultimately it's about feeling better more often.
Let yourself off the hook and commit to doing better tomorrow, and the next day.