How not to fall down after a slip up
May 30, 2012 8:03 AM Subscribe
The bf and I have been working on establishing healthier patterns (eating better/exercising/drinking less alcohol) and have a question about slip ups. We'll be going along fine for several weeks to a month, then go to a party or whatever, have a night of drinking and eating junk, then get off track for several weeks to a month. How can we minimize the damage from slip ups?
posted by odayoday to Health & Fitness (20 answers total) 17 users marked this as a favorite
I know that having all-or-nothing thinking is part of the problem, as is the fact that a night of drinking makes you feel crappy in the morning, which makes it that much tougher to get up and make a healthy breakfast rather than picking up some delicious migas. We also tend to go from one extreme to another (super healthy to really unhealthy foods/drinking patterns), and I know that we should probably try to be less rigid, but I guess I'm not sure how that looks.
The ultimate goal for drinking would be to be able to moderate it, perhaps just drinking when with friends, or on weekends. Historically when we've tried to cut down on drinking we avoid it all together, which leads to avoiding hanging out with friends, which leads to depression, which leads to drinking. We have been able to hang out without drinking on a few occasions, but that requires a certain mindset that can be challenging to get into.
So I guess the question is two-fold. How can we try to be more moderate while still making healthy choices a real part of our lives, and not let slip ups totally derail our efforts. Is there a good way to do this with alcohol particularly? Or would it be better to try to get used to not drinking at all?