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I have seriously lost track of how many diets I have started throughout my life. How many new fads, new regimes, new approaches…hey I’ve even joined Weightwatchers 4 different times over the last 20 years. My normal thinking is “I’ll start on Monday” or “I’ll start in the New Year” I get that. Monday marks the start of the working week, the new year…well the start of a new year. All is forgiven and day one starts from today. I get it.

What I don’t get though is people who are following an existing programme, either diet or fitness based, and when they slip up midweek they think, “Hey I’ll start again Monday”. What is it with Monday? Why Monday? Why not today?

OK at least you are restarting and not giving up altogether I acknowledge that.

But the problem with starting again on Monday is that you give yourself a get out clause to be reckless untill Monday arrives. You are basically saying that what you do to your body, your motivation, and your general health on Thursday, Friday, Saturday or Sunday is not important. And those 2, 3 or even 5 days of giving up could completely undo the good work you did at the start of the week, especially if you consistently give up with that start again Monday mentality.

Monday’s are a challenge as it is anyway, without the pressure of restarting something, or having a renewed sense that you are depriving yourself again. There’s the whole start of the working week to deal with, the list of things you didn’t finish last week, the having to adapt to early starts and commuting again…Monday is just not the day.

Also if you are STARTING something again, that implies that that THING will at some point stop or end. But surely living a healthy and active life is not a short term thing, it is a forever lifestyle thing…a thing without an end point. So by giving yourself “free days” whenever you fancy it is just a cop out, an indication that you don’t truly believe in your programme or approach, or you feel like you NEED a day off. Now does that sound healthy?

Now hang on a second…I am not for a minute saying you can’t slip up, indulge, go off track…but what I am saying is surely the best thing to do is to live in the moment and say ok that was that, I messed up then but now I am restarting. I don’t have to wait until Monday I can make that change now…even if that means putting the biscuit tin down mid binge, as in NOW!!

Waiting for Monday makes me feel powerless, starting afresh now, or at the next meal, or even the following morning makes me feel like I am back in control. It also makes me less likely to beat myself up for ruining another week…AGAIN. More accountable for the here and now.

So are you a start again Mondayer? Or an I’ll tackle it in the new yearer?

Why not start afresh this very moment instead?

What’s stopping you?

  1. December 1, 2013

    Well said. Especially about the change in lifestyle being forever. It took me a long time to get to a normal weigh and I’ve had a few slips since then (right now I’m struggling) so I’m not perfect but the only way I’ve kept the weight off (well almost all of it) is by changing things forever. There will always be bad days, even bad weeks. Sometimes the lure of the chocolate is too great and one or two squares is just not enough. As long as its only sometimes though it doesn’t have to be a disaster.

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