Don't Crucify Yourself Over Easter

Updated: Apr 15, 2019

Well, it’s here, one of those “danger zones” I’ve mentioned before, it’s Eastertime. It’s the time we celebrate Jesus’ death, with mountains of chocolate. Makes sense, right? And most of us, don’t even believe in God or the Bible anymore, but we certainly believe in those mountains of chocolate. This is why I call them the “danger zones”, because it’s the time when your normal routine goes out the window, or worse, an already poor routine is exacerbated.

So, what do you do, what can you do? Well, you probably have two options. One option is to write it off. Take next weekend, and just accept that whatever happens, happens. This can work, it depends on what you’re trying to achieve or how you’ve set out your year. If you’ve been really sensible for the majority of the year, then you might even have planned for this kind of hiccup, or because you’ve done so well, you can afford it. You have the wiggle room available to let your diet slip for a weekend. And hopefully you don’t have anything coming up soon, so you also know you have time to overcome any little speedbumps you encounter. Which means you’ll avoid taking drastic measures to fix any damage.

The other option is this thing called moderation. What you could do is get all that chocolate, and rather than eating it all at once, you eat it over time. It’s a radical idea, I know, but that way it’ll have less effect on your body, and consequently your mind. You won’t suddenly see a physical change, and you also won’t hate yourself for having overeaten. I know it’s not necessarily easy to do something like that, but think about how you feel when you stuff your belly full. Not just how your poor body feels, but how upset or disgusted you get with yourself. And then you probably punish yourself with an extreme reaction, like eating more or eating nothing. It’s not a healthy cycle.

But whatever you choose to do next weekend, don't crucify yourself, it’s not the end of the world. It very rarely results in anything irreparable, and you have all the time you want to deal with it. We have to enjoy ourselves, otherwise what’s the point? If you find you usually overeat, try and store some of it away, enlist the help of people around you, use it as a reward going forwards. So, if you hit certain targets, or you get to the gym etc, you can reward yourself with a bit of that Easter chocolate. Just because it’s there, it doesn’t all need to be eaten now. Enjoy yourselves, but remember your actions have reactions. I will be back again next weekend, and hopefully you won’t be feeling too bad about yourself.

Dan Miller

Body Fuel Personal Fitness Trainer