What to do if you’ve had a lapse

By author photo Jenny Craig Team


As your Coach will tell you, sticking to your program is the best way to reach your goal. But what happens if you have a lapse? Maybe you didn’t follow your plan, you missed a walk or let negative self-talk drive your day. Don’t worry, Lapses happen and are completely normal, but it is how you respond to them that matters.

Follow this 4 step plan to use your lapse as an opportunity to learn, and get back on track toward your goals.

1. Forgive yourself:

The slip will not affect your weight loss if you get back on track now. Your lapse was a single event, a moment in your journey from which to learn and review why it happened, this way you can make plans for a different result in the future.

2. Analyse the situation and your typical response:

Where were you? Who were you with? What was going on?

“I was with friends at a party and everyone was enjoying the finger food.
I wanted to as well.”

What did you say to yourself?

“I’ve been ‘good’ all week, a few won’t hurt.”

How did you feel?

“I deserve a treat for how ‘good’ I’ve been.”

What did you do?

“Ate 5 pieces of finger food and had 3 glasses of wine.”

3. Plan your strategy for next time:

When faced with the situation again, what will you:

Say to yourself?

“I am in control of my choices. My goals are more important to me than this food or drink.”

Do differently?

“I will bring a veggie plate with salsa and drink sparkling water after one glass of wine.”

Encourage yourself to feel?

“Proud that I overcame the challenge and focused on my goals.”

4. Summarise and rehearse your plan:

Discuss your plan with your Jenny Craig Coach and rehearse with them – the more you say it and rehearse it, the more it will become second nature for the next time you need it.

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