No one will ever care as much about your diet or weight loss goals as you. And it makes sense.Your health and wellness will affect no one but you. It’s your responsibility to prevent people or situations from steering you off track. That may sound a little harsh, but we stand firm on this. Ultimately, our successes or setbacks will be determined by our ability to make the best choices for ourselves. We know that our actions will either make or break us. Instead of depending on others to offer support and encouragement and help us be successful with our goals, we’ve made commitments to make ourselves totally accountable for what we do and why we do it, in order to continue to reach our goals.
Now, we’re not saying we’re not surrounded by people that love us and want to see us happy! We’re just saying.. there’s always that one auntie with the irresistible fudge brownie recipe. Every now and then, you’ll be presented with challenges like this. Some of these forks in the road may be shoved down your throat by food pushers. But more often than not, they will be well intended offers to participate in behavior that is simply NOT inline with your weight loss goals. Regardless of others’ intentions, you need to be mentally prepared to respond and act accordingly in these moments. Failing to plan ahead can leave you in a situation where you end up agreeing to something you’d rather not! Think ahead and roleplay the dialogue for some of those situations you may face. Have an action plan to avoid or combat a situation that may lead you down a path of regret the following morning. Don’t test your willpower unless you have to.
So why should you have to give sooooo much thought to something as simple as a visit to your relatives? Because it’s gonna happen. They’ll say, “Here, just have a little.” Or, “Just a taste won’t hurt.” Or, “But you have to try this.” And you won’t always want to go into a full discourse and explain exactly WHY you don’t want whatever they’ve got. We know it’s tough to have that convo in general, and even more so with the food pusher at the party. So instead of arguing, we introduce the magic of “in a minute”. Anytime we’re being pressured to eat something we know isn’t going to get help us achieve our goals, we simply reply with “in a minute”. Is someone nagging you to come grab seconds? In a minute! Are they pushing you to come get your pie? In a minute!
Most people will get the hint. You’re not interested right now. But if they keep attempting to force feed you, think baby in high chair style.. just repeat the statement or add to it by saying, “Thanks! But, I still want to wait a little bit” or “Not just yet!” Using words like these allows you to graciously handle unsolicited food advances that force you to eat when you don’t want to. These kinds of words make it possible for them to walk away feeling at peace that you’ve at least reassured them that you’ll eat eventually. Sometimes, these are just sweet people that view feeding others as the most direct expression of love. Like your grandparents! Anyway, eventually they’ll get distracted and never even realize you didn’t go back for that piece of pie you promised Grandma you’d have.
There are definitely different ways to address people in these situation. Incessant pushers may require a more direct approach. But for instances where this is just someone trying to offer you some food out of the kindness of their heart, “in a minute” will work just fine