Life has a funny way about it. There can be a moment of time where you are achieving a string of accomplishments, goals and experiencing joy all around you, and then all of a sudden something happens that diverts your attention from your goals or gets you down. When life presents a challenge, it’s normal to want to seek out something comforting to diffuse your stress. For some, that comfort is food that is not a part of your meal plan. Left unattended, a lapse can turn into a relapse, which typically results in regaining weight.
While weight gain may make you feel disappointed, the thing to recognize is that it’s OK if you have yo-yoed in weight.
“Life happens, and it sometimes takes you off track,” says Lisa Talamini, Senior Director of Science & Behavioral Intervention. “Even everyday distractions can lead you to fall into a lapse. That’s why it’s essential to stay consistent with your weekly consultations. Your consultants can help you stay in tune with what’s most important to you – keeping your personal goals a priority.”
Talamini also mentions that a lapse is just a single event, where you can lose sight of your goal. If stress is your trigger for unplanned eating, then it’s a matter of finding non-food-based, but equally rewarding alternatives that enable you to proactively prevent a relapse from ever happening.
“Too often, people think of it as an excuse to quit, when what you really need is just to restore your focus,” she said.
Life can get in the way, but the important thing to remember is that you have support whenever you need it. Many of our Jenny Craig consultants are former members who have been on this journey before, and have dealt with many of the challenges you may be dealing with now. They can help you find ways to restore your focus and get back on track for your weight loss goals. Schedule an appointment to meet with your consultant at your local neighborhood Jenny Craig center.