Don’t Hit the Panic Button

When is the last time you ate perfectly healthy each meal and every bite, taste, and nibble in between your meals for an entire day? Go ahead I'm waiting while you think back that far.

So many times when we go about our day our intentions start high. We might even make it all the way through the 10 am break room donuts. And then disaster strikes, we have a small bite, really just a sampling of a piece of streusel your co-workers mother made that morning. Yep, you had a forkful  and now the whole day is ruined. 

WAIT one minute- Don't Hit the Panic Button just yet.

One bite, a forkful, a sample, and you are going to let it ruin your whole day?

I get it, its easy to throw in the towel and give in. I'm not saying I haven't been there. What I am saying is that I don't want to stay there. I want to feel successful not defeated. I want to realize I am successful in many things and other areas still need work. I also know deep inside one bite of cookie or streusel doesn't make me a bad person. I have so much more than that to offer this world.                And you do too!

Next time you are about to hit the panic button give yourself this test:

  1. Did you wake up this morning? 
  2. After you woke up, did you get out of bed? 
  3. Once out of bed, did you either brush your teeth, get dressed, or check your email? 

If you answered yes to any or all of these questions- congratulations you are alive and you are human.  Alexander Pope said "To Err is human, to forgive; divine." I don't think we  needed a pope to tell us that but it gives a sense of comfort to know we aren't alone in making mistakes. We all do. 

With nutrition our mistakes come after we set our minds to a task and then don't follow through. Very much like the day in the office with your co- worker's mother's streusel. We had determined ahead of time we were going to 'eat healthy'. By our own definition we hit the panic button of failure because of the one bite of streusel. In reality we made one mistake. Lets be real, while a bite of streusel (or whatever you did today) wasn't planned out on your meal plan, it won't ruin you. Pick yourself up, move on, and complete your day as planned. 

The panic button is the easy way out. Hitting the panic button allows you to quit work; the work you had decided to do.  Its hard to change your habits, Its hard to do things differently than others. Its hard to create change.

Take it from Rocky:  (this is one of my all time favorite speeches) 

Hang in there next time that panic button is calling your name. You've got this. We don't have to be perfect, no one is. We just have to keep on moving forward.

To your best Health,

Coach Nancy


About the author

Coach Nancy

Nancy Carlson is a Certified Professional Fitness Trainer with the National Exercise and Sports Trainer Association, a Level 1 Youth Conditioning Specialist with the International Youth Conditioning Association, and is a Level 2 Certified Precision Nutrition Master coach. Nancy was recognized in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 as the “Best of the Best” Fitness Trainer in Southern NH by the Hippo Press.

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