Everyone hits stumbling blocks along the way, although we always have the choice to pick ourselves up and start fresh.
These are the top ways in which I tend to sabotage my goals:
1. Not eating often enough
Seems silly, right? But if I go more than 3 hours without eating or get too hungry, I usually wind up eating far to much of the wrong things. It's really easy to just get busy or distracted, and next thing I know I'm ravenous and ready to eat absolutely anything I can get my hands on (and usually the more calorie-dense, the better). The solution? Eat smaller meals more often. Even set an alarm if you need to.
2. Writing off entire days
I ate a donut at work, so I'll just eat whatever I want for the rest of the day and start fresh tomorrow. I don't know if anyone else does this, but I definitely do! I'll even write off the rest of the week with the intention of starting fresh on Monday! How can this possibly make sense in my mind? Each moment has the potential to be a fresh start. Each meal you eat is an opportunity. Use it!
3. Catching myself unprepared
As long as I'm up-to-date on my grocery shopping, cooking and prepping, things tend to be good. But guaranteed the one day I'm rushing around first thing in the morning and forget to pack a decent lunch will be the day there are donuts at work or I get stuck there for longer than anticipated and wind up running to the airport cafe for a burger. If I pack enough healthy meals to get me through the entire day, things run a lot smoother.
That's about it! I'm sure there are many other ways I've sabotaged myself, but I feel as though these are the three most critical to me.