I started writing this post a few days ago but didn't like the direction it was headed. So I erased what I'd written and sat on it for a few days. This morning, I realized what it needed to say.
Sometimes, life gets in our way. Work goes south, you get sick, you get in a big fight with the spouse, the kids turn into little monsters or maybe you just hit a mental and emotional slump.
When this happens, so many of us nose dive into a depression pit and taking care of ourselves gets pushed to the back burner. We may do things that feel good immediately (cookie dough, anyone??) but ultimately, end up making us feel worse. And it becomes a vicious cycle of making unhealthy choices then beating ourselves up about it.
First, one bad incident won't derail your healthy lifestyle IF you don't let it. Second, YOU have all the power you need to fix the situation.
YOU are strong, powerful and smart. You know what makes you feel good, what makes you proud of yourself. You DO have the power to be happy. You DO have the strength to turn it around. No one, no thing, no situation has control over YOU. You don't feel good because of something that happened? You HAVE all the power you need to put it behind you. Learn something from the situation if there is a lesson to be learned. Ignore the situation if it has nothing to do with you. You have the POWER to make a choice to the feel-good things in your life and celebrate those.
Case in point - my son AND my hubs are in rare, crabby moods. And being men, of course nothing they do is wrong. If you ask them what's wrong, they'll say "Nothing. You're the one that's crabby." I've learned to just roll my eyes and walk away until they snap out of whatever their problem is. If they want to be miserable and ruin a perfectly pleasant day, that's their problem. I'm going about my day without allowing them to ruin it. Caveat - I do instruct my child that he needs to voice his issues, own his problems and ask for help if he needs it so that he doesn't turn into a man who can't admit when there is a problem.
Don't allow a slip up, a bad day, a bad mood, ANYTHING derail what you are - STRONG, POWERFUL, INSPIRATIONAL.