Yeah, it was about as good as it sounds.  I’ll get to how this little dinner mishap happened in just a second.  First, I just wanted to say that we here at The Specific are constantly trying to promote health to our patients and our communities.  If you’ve read our blogs before or been around us for very long then you understand that we strive to empower our patients to make wise choices regarding their health and wellness.  So, why the heck am I talking about peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for dinner?

Well, first let me tell you that one wise choice you can implement today is the ability to forgive yourself.  How many times do we make a bad decision in our lives that only takes an instant only to beat ourselves up over that decision for days, weeks, months or even years?  I can’t tell you how many patients come into the office telling me how ashamed of themselves they are for skipping a day at the gym or sneaking in a dessert while out with friends.  They say mean things about themselves and it feels like they’re in confession booth pouring out their sins.  This behavior often leads to future mistakes and pushes them into a state of helplessness.

Often times I have to stop them, sometimes mid sentence, and say Hey, was it a good dessert? Did you enjoy it? Did you go back to the gym the next day?  Good!  Now move on!  You did what you did and now it’s done, it’s not a way of life for you, it was one decision, one instance.  Don’t let that dictate your future choices when it come to your health.  You don’t stop going to the gym all together because you missed a day.  You don’t start eating fast food everyday just because you had one slice of cake while out with friends.  Be kind to yourself, forgive yourself and move on.  That’s the beauty of a new day, you get to make all new decisions!

So, here’s the story about the sandwiches…

My wife and I had just got back from a camping trip with the kids.  We were tired and dirty, just unpacked everything from the camper, and the kids were cranky from being in the truck for hours.  It was a Sunday afternoon and we weren’t going anywhere except the showers and the couch.  Of course, within an hour of being home we all started to get hungry and that’s when we realized we had no food except for…yeah, peanut butter, jelly, bread and frozen sweet potato fries.  I threw the fries into the toaster oven, my wife made the sandwiches and we called it dinner.  It was probably the least nutritious, carb loaded, funkiest tasting meal we’d had a very long time but we ate it and watched TV the rest of the evening.

We didn’t beat ourselves up over it, we didn’t feel guilty, we just moved on…and went shopping 🙂

We all make bad decisions sometimes, we all fail to make the best plans now and then.  This is inevitable.  What makes the difference is how we feel about ourselves afterwards and what we do next.  The bottom line is this… keep moving forward and be willing to forgive yourself, break the habit of beating yourself up over your version of frozen fries and PB&J’s.  Believe me, you’ll be happy that you did!