Lights, Camera, FOOD ACTION PLAN!

The antidote to a lapse in your food behavior is a concrete action plan!

Even though lapsing is common,  it’s not talked about often, and can certainly make you feel like a bit of a black sheep.  Which is even better reason that we talk all about it today! Shame be gone! #byebyeshame

Acting uncommitted (aka lapsing), is simply, as we say at Beacon, a problem to be solved.  Here are a few ideas:

  1. If you’re worried about your behavior and if you’re concerned that you’re not committed, there is  still a part of you that wants to be committed.    Breathe a sigh of relief and get psyched!  Recovery is right around the corner waiting for you and it missed you soooooo much.  Let’s get you back to your wisest mind and your very best self and get the recovery party started up again.  Remember, you can be doing something at 5:00 in the evening, and be doing something completely different at 5:01 – literally that’s how quickly you can change the direction of your sails.  Isn’t that awesome? This is the best truth around.  In other words,If you reeeeeeeally wanted to throw in the towel, you would be throwing in the towel right now, not reading the Beacon Buzz, that’s for sure. Breathe a sigh of relief and get psyched!  Recovery is right around the corner waiting for you and it missed you soooooo much.  Let’s get you back to your wisest mind and your very best self and get the recovery party started up again.  Remember, you can be doing something at 5:00 in the evening, and be doing something completely different at 5:01 – literally that’s how quickly you can change the direction of your sails.  Isn’t that awesome?
  1. All it takes is a single behavior: take a single step in the direction you want to go.

    I know I am always talking behavior, behavior behavior – and that’s because it’s the most researched and proven method to get people to change. #cantstopwontstop  The problem with changing behavior, though, is that we think we need to make these gargantuan moves and change everything all at once.  Not true.  If you’re in a really dark place doing nothing to support your long term goals, do you know what’s an improvement on that?  Doing ONE thing that supports your long term goals.  When we are in the thick of it, it’s really hard to remember that doing one thing is way more than doing nothing.  Seriously.  And that doing one thing in the name of your recovery often leads to doing one more thing and another and another.  Our plan for wellness gets really thwarted and shut down when we make impossible lists and make the bar too high to jump over.  Action Plan: Lower the bar, do ONE thing today and see how it feels.

  1. Write an in case of emergency letter.

     We can all lose our way from time to time.  Remembering why we want to be on our plan and in recovery can help to redirect us when we have been acting out of alignment for awhile.  So when (I repeat, WHEN), you are back in your wise mind and back rocking-and-rolling-in-recovery, can you write yourself a letter reminding yourself why this is a better way to live then the doldrums of relapse?  It’s a tool we use at Beacon all of the time.  If you want to make it even more powerful, ask someone in your Power Circle to send it to you in six months or so – a helpful note from your wise mind to you can be just the thing to get your brain and your behavior back in line.

Shine Bright,

Molly