How many times have you done something that you wish you hadn’t?
You ate the treat.
You skipped the workout.
You did the thing.
Even when you knew how you’d feel afterwards.
That you’d wish you hadn’t.
That you’d feel the effects of that decision physically, mentally, and emotionally.
And you did it anyway.
Then there you were, struggling to forgive yourself for what you did.
The next time you act out of alignment with your health and fitness goals.
Deviate from your eating habits.
Miss a workout.
Don’t forgive yourself.
Understand instead that there is nothing to forgive.
These are not moral issues.
You may be disappointed.
It’s okay to say “I would prefer not to do this again.”
To say “I do not like this.”
“I deserve better.”
Rather than beat yourself up, or “forgive” yourself, explore what happened.
Why are you not pleased with what happened?
What circumstances led up to what happened?
What can you do to prevent it from happening in the future?
How are you going to respond when – yes, when – it happens again?
Acknowledge that you are human.
You are complex.
You have competing needs, wants, and desires.
Your actions will reflect this complexity.
You deserve the best life.
It’s on you to create it.
That will take time.
It will take effort.
You will take missteps.
There’s nothing to forgive about that.
Nothing that affects or reflects your value.
You are worthy.
You’ve got this.